Why do health professionals need to learn about lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema education is essential in order to detect, manage and treat lymphoedema in line with current evidence-based recommendations.
When diagnosed early, lymphoedema involves simple fluid accumulation within the tissue spaces. In the early stages, simpler, less invasive treatments can be provided for improved outcomes and long-term prognosis. Research shows that in stage zero lymphoedema, the earliest stage of lymphoedema when swelling is not visible to the eye, detection, management and treatment can reverse the effects of lymphoedema.
Research has also shown that lymphoedema education is particularly important for Doctors and Breast Care Nurses, who are often the first point of contact for patients who may be experiencing early symptoms of lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema education is important for all health care practitioners, but in particular…