Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body. It may arise because the lymphatic vessels or nodes have been damaged after chemotherapy or surgery.
Lymphoedema cannot be cured, but it can be reduced and managed with appropriate intervention. The treatment for lymphoedema is called complex decongestive physiotherapy and is aimed at reducing swelling through specialised lymphatic drainage (massage), bandaging, compression garments, exercises and skin care. The earlier it is diagnosed, assessed and treated the better the outcome.