Our Lymphoedema Service is based at Warwick Myton Hospice and serves both Myton and community patients of Coventry, Rugby and South Warwickshire.
Our team is able to provide a service for patients with lymphoedema secondary to cancer and/or its treatment, with the aim of reducing and relieving, as much as possible, the symptoms of lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema is a swelling in the tissues which happens when lymph fluid cannot drain away.
Some people develop lymphoedema if they have lymph glands removed during cancer surgery or have had radiotherapy (the radiotherapy can damage the lymph nodes/vessels). Some people with cancer may also develop lymphoedema because the cancer is blocking the lymph vessels or nodes.
The swelling can affect arms, legs, body, head or genitals, and may cause heaviness, pain, tightness, loss of function, dry/hardened skin and make the patient more susceptible to episodes of cellulitis (inflammation of the tissues).