Lymphoedema can occur at any time after surgery/radiotherapy, even years later, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and how to reduce the risk of getting. Symptoms include swelling and fluid build-up in the breast area, arm, shoulder and back causing a tight heavy uncomfortable sensation.
According to The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer by Professor Trisha Greenlagh and Dr Liz O'Riordan, after a sentinel biopsy the risk is 5-10 per cent in your lifetime, or 25 percent after axillary clearance. Treatment may involve management by exercise, massage, moisturising, support sleeves and vests.
If you suspect you have Lymphoedema contact your Breast care team or GP who can refer you o the specialist Lymphoedema team.
Lymph-What-Oedema – online information via its website and closed Facebook page www.lymph-what-oedema.com/out-and-about
Facebook Group: L-W-O Support Group