Lymphoedema is the chronic swelling of a body part. Fluid and protein accumulation in the tissue spaces causes it

Some cancer treatments can disrupt the lymphatic system. This disruption can cause lymphoedema. We call this secondary lymphoedema. This can occur any time following cancer treatment. The most common presentation is within the first two years following treatment. Patients with a cancer history may develop this condition because of: 

  • Surgical removal of lymph nodes 

  • Radiotherapy disturbance of lymph nodes 

  • Tumours blocking or compressing the lymphatic pathways 

  • Inflammation within the lymph vessels. 

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