Lymphoedema is the regional accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid in body tissue causing swelling. It occurs when the demand for lymphatic drainage exceeds the capacity of lymphatic circulation.
Secondary lymphoedema can be acquired following surgery, radiotherapy, trauma or other damage to the lymphatic system following treatment for breast cancer. Secondary lymphoedema can develop at any time after surgery or radiotherapy.
- The management of secondary lymphoedema – a guide for health professionals
Publication date: April 2008
Provides evidence-based guidance about prevention, diagnosis and management of secondary lymphoedema.
- Visit Cancer Australia's Secondary lymphoedema website
Other information on this topic
- Lymphoedema education resources for GPs and Indigenous health workers
- Evidence review – Review of research evidence on secondary lymphoedema: incidence, prevention, risk factors and treatment
Publication date: March 2008