Lymphoedema service 

The Lymphoedema Service at UCLH operates within the Cancer Services Division, providing a comprehensive service including assessment, diagnosis, conservative treatment and management of cancer related lymphoedema.  The service is clinically-led by Kay Eaton (Consultant Nurse in Cancer and Supportive Care) and currently staffed by 2 clinical nurse specialists and a lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist.

At present we do not offer a service for infants or children under the age of 13 years.

Service hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Conditions treated

Lymphoedema manifests itself as a swelling in a part of the body and is due to failure in lymph drainage in the area affected. It can affect any part of the body, but is most commonly seen in the arm or leg. Depending on its origin, lymphoedema is divided into primary or secondary lymphoedema. Primary lymphoedema is where the failure of the lymphatic function is due to a congenital malformation of the lymphatic system, and secondary lymphoedema occurs where there has been damage to the lymphatic system. 

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which may be progressive, and lifelong self-management of this condition is important.   Although this condition cannot be cured, the lymphoedema can often be improved and the aim of treatment will be to reduce and control the swelling. Every person with lymphoedema is different and a treatment plan will be decided after assessment of individual needs. The swelling with lymphoedema is usually mild and can be managed easily. Patients are shown how they can best manage and control the swelling. Sometimes the lymphoedema requires daily intensive treatment for a period of time by a specialist lymphoedema practitioner. Treatment at University College Hospital conforms to the internationally established conservative management of lymphoedema.  The focus of treatment is on reducing the swelling, improving the skin and tissue changes, controlling the swelling and teaching and empowering the individual to control and manage their condition.  

Service performance

The demand for our service is steadily increasing, and therefore there are criteria governing our acceptance of referrals to the service.

Patient support services

The Lymphoedema Support Network is a registered charity and the UK's national patient support organisation for lymphoedema.

Support and Information telephone number: 020 7351 4480

Website details: www.lymphoedema.org/lsn  
 

 Contact details

Lymphoedema service
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
1st Floor Central
Cancer Services
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG

GP enquiries
Fax: 020 3447 9055

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