Lymphoedema and breast cancer
If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you can find out more about Lymphoedema and how you can treat it, thanks to breast advocacy group, Europa Donna Ireland.
It has been shown that approximately one in five women can develop lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment.
Europa Donna Ireland, which campaigns for better breast cancer services nationwide, estimates that around 10,000 people in Ireland are suffering with this condition following a cancer diagnosis and believes that lymphoedema is not well understood here. A new free information leaflet aims to improve the situation.
Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling that can occur in the limbs, chest or back.It is caused by an impairment in the lymphatic system, an important part of the body’s immune system, often after cancer or radiotherapy. There is no cure, but it is usually possible to control the symptoms using techniques to stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.
Europa Donna Chairperson Dympna Watson said: “Lymphoedema is a condition which is not yet well understood here in Ireland. Hundreds of people across the country suffer in silence with this condition and are unable to access proper treatment and support. The information leaflet provides all the background on the condition, highlights symptoms and provides advice on how to deal with lymphoedema. We’re asking people to raise awareness about the condition and highlight the need for better patient services nationwide for those living with lymphoedema.”
You can get support and information from Lymphoedema Ireland.