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NHS Lanarkshire announce service changes for Lymphoedema services

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:29 GMT on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.

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SUFFERERS of Lymphoedema, in Lanarkshire, will soon benefit as NHS Lanarkshire announce an improvement to their services for people with the illness. 

Lymphoedema is a long term swelling caused by a build-up of excess fluid, which usually affects people who have had cancer. For people who had breast cancer, lymphoedema can occur in the arm, or anywhere on the same side as the surgery or radiotherapy took place. The illness can occur at any time following someone's treatment and can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life. 

Heather Cooper, lymphoedema nurse specialist at the Brentnall Place Lymphoedema Clinic commented on the improvements, “I’ve been here since 2007 to provide treatment, advice and support to people with lymphoedema but the number of people with the condition has continued to increase.

“It’s wonderful that Susan and Claire have now completed this course. We can now see more patients and expand the range of treatments available.

“For example, we can now provide manual lymphatic draining (MLD) which we’ve not offered before as it was too time consuming.

“It takes about an hour and drains the fluid. It forms part of the overall treatment and can help ease any pain.” 

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As survival rates, from breat cancer, continue to increase, women's risks of developing lymphoedema are heightened. 

If you have lymphoedema caused by cancer you can self refer to the Brentnall Place Clinic, where health professionals such as GPs and MacMillan nurses are on hand.

The unit is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, but on Tuesday’s the service is provided between 3pm and 6pm. 

For further information you can call the Lymphoedema Service on 01698 258798.

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