The lymphoedema service at UCLH operates within the cancer services division. It provides 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 Carla Zanichelli Vives (deputy clinical Lead and lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist).

We do not currently offer a service for children under the age of 13 years. 

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

General enquiries


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

Other referral information

Referral forms should be emailed to:

Overview of the service

  • The service is led by Kay Eaton, consultant nurse in cancer and supportive care, and Carla Zanichelli Vives, the deputy clinical lead. 
  • The lymphoedema team consists of a consultant nurse, one lymphoedema clinical nurse specialist and two lymphoedema specialist physiotherapists. 
  • The service provides assessment, diagnosis, conservative treatment and ongoing management of cancer-related lymphoedema. At present we do not provide a service for children under the age of 13 who have lymphoedema. 
  • The lymphoedema clinic is located on the lower ground floor of the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre. 
  • The service operates from Monday to Friday for new patient consultations, follow-up appointments, intensive treatments, and inpatient assessment and management of lymphoedema. 

Referral criteria

Patients with cancer-related lymphoedema who have a GP within the local boroughs. 

If there is a local lymphoedema service, referrers will be instructed to refer the patient to that service for assessment and management.

Contact details

Lymphoedema Service Administrator: 020 3447 3925

Referral address

Internal: via Epic 

External: email to 

Or by post to: 

Consultant Nurse in Cancer and Supportive Care and Clinical Lead of the Lymphoedema Service 
Cancer Services Directorate
University College Hospital
1st Floor Central Wing 
250 Euston Road
NW1 2PG 

Lymphoedema manifests itself as a swelling in a part of the body. It is due to failure in the lymph drainage in the area affected. It can affect any part of the body. Depending on its origin, lymphoedema is divided into primary or secondary lymphoedema. UCLH sees patients referred with secondary lymphoedema, which can develop after cancer treatment such as surgery and/or radiotherapy. 

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which may be progressive, and life-long self- management is important. Although the condition cannot be cured, the lymphoedema can often be improved, and the aim of treatment is to reduce and control the swelling. 

Each person with lymphoedema is different and a treatment plan will be decided after assessment of individual needs. 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 UCLH conforms to the internationally established conservative management of lymphoedema. The focus of treatment is on reducing and controlling the swelling, improving the skin and tissue changes, and teaching and empowering the patient to control and manage their condition. 

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

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

Support and information telephone line: 020 7351 4480 


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