Cancer and its treatment can affect or damage the body’s lymphatic system. This can lead to a build-up of lymph fluid (also known as swelling) in tissues under the skin. We call this swelling lymphoedema. Not all cancer survivors will experience lymphoedema. Lymphoedema most often occurs in the arm or the leg but can occur in other parts of the body. Understanding what lymphoedema is and how to manage can help survivors improve their function and quality of life. 

Information for cancer survivors and their carers 

Clinical services at Peter Mac Parkville campus 

The following services are available to patients of our Parkville campus. Please speak with your oncology team if you are receiving treatment elsewhere. This is because you may have different clinical service options. 

  • The Wellbeing Centre: The Wellbeing Centre is on Level 1 of the Peter Mac Parkville building. It is a gathering place for patients, their families and carers.  It offers a variety of programs, services and education opportunities. 

  • Physiotherapy services: Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists can help with mobility and physical function. They can help before, during and after cancer treatment. 

  • Optimisation clinic: This multidisciplinary outpatient clinic is for cancer survivors with complex needs. Services include a dietitian, psychologist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist. Speak to your treating team to be referred to this clinic.  

Other clinical services in the Parkville precinct 

Peter Mac are also part of the Parkville precinct. The precinct includes the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital. Please speak with your oncology team if you are being treated elsewhere. You may have different clinical service options. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to tell us of any relevant services or to provide feedback.