The lymphoedema service at UCLH provides a comprehensive service including assessment, diagnosis, conservative treatment and management of cancer-related lymphoedema.
The service is clinically led by Carla Zanichelli Vives (lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist). There is also a lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist and a lymphoedema clinical nurse specialist in the team.
We do not currently offer a service for children under the age of 13 years.
Service hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
1st Floor Central
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG
Other referral information
Completed referral forms should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview of the service
- The service is led by Carla Zanichelli Vives (lymphoedema specialist physiotherapist)
- The lymphoedema team consists of two lymphoedema specialist physiotherapists and one lymphoedema clinical nurse specialist
- 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.
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.
Internal: via Epic
External: email to email@example.com
Or by post to:
Cancer Services Directorate
University College Hospital
1st Floor Central Wing
250 Euston Road
Lymphoedema is a swelling in any part of the body. It is caused by lymph fluid not draining from the body. It is due to failure in the lymph drainage in the area affected. It can affect any part of the body. Lymphoedema is divided into primary or secondary lymphoedema depending on the cause. At UCLH we see people who have secondary lymphoedema which has happened after cancer treatment such as surgery or radiotherapy.
Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition. It may get worse over time if it’s not cared for well. So, life-long personal care is important. Lymphoedema can’t be cured. But the aim of treatment and care is to reduce and control the swelling.
Each persons’ lymphoedema is different. A treatment plan will be decided after your assessment. At the appointment, you’ll be shown how to manage and control the swelling.
You may need daily intensive treatment for some time. This will be given by a specialist lymphoedema practitioner. Treatment at UCLH is in line with internationally established conservative management of lymphoedema. The focus of treatment is to:
- reduce and control the swelling
- improve the skin and tissue changes
- teach and empower people to control and manage their lymphoedema
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
- Introduction to the Lymphoedema Service - Video or telephone consultation
- Introduction to the Lymphoedema Service: Face-to-face consultation
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