Lymphoedema

Cancer and its treatment can impact 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. This swelling is called 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 learning how to manage it can help survivors improve their function and quality of life.

Information for cancer survivors and their families

Guidance documents

Additional information for health professionals

Clinical services at Peter Mac Parkville

The following services are available to patients of Peter Mac, Parkville. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.

  • Wellbeing Centre event Let’s talk Lymphoedema. This Q&A session is run by experts and aims to support those experiencing Lymphoedema.
  • Physiotherapy services. Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists can assist with mobility and physical function 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. For referrals please email [email protected] or [email protected] for further information

Other clinical services in the Parkville precinct

Peter Mac is also part of the Parkville precinct (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital), with services listed separately, above. If you would like to advise of any relevant services or provide feedback please email, ACSC. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.