Why are you at risk?
It is important to understand that although you may be able to reduce your chances of developing lymphoedema, there are no guarantees that you can prevent it from developing entirely. The reasons why some people develop lymphoedema and others do not is not fully understood.
Not all patients who receive treatment for cancer will develop lymphoedema. However it is important for you to understand that you are at a greater risk of developing lymphoedema due to your cancer treatment.
However, it is recognised that excellent results can often be achieved through early detection, diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If you believe you are at risk of developing lymphoedema, you should discuss this with your healthcare professional. For more information regarding the causes of lymphoedema, please click here and for more information regarding types of lymphoedema, please click here.
If you have been advised that you may be at risk of developing lymphoedema, your healthcare professional may take baseline measurements of the ‘at risk’ arm or leg. That way if any swelling or signs of lymphoedema are noticed, the arm or leg can be remeasured and any difference in limb measurements can be calculated. This can help to confirm a diagnosis. For more information regarding the signs and symptoms, please click here and for more information regarding reducing the risk, click here.