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Lymphoedema Awareness Week

This week is Lymphoedema Awareness Week (4th - 8th March)


Here at the Lymphoedema training academy, we have been training nurses and therapists to treat this debilitating condition for over 20 years.

Lymphoedema is a chronic and progressive condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is caused by a malfunction in the lymphatic system which is responsible for removing excess fluid and waste from the body. When this system is compromised, it can lead to a build-up of fluid in the tissues, particularly in the arms and legs. This results in swelling, discomfort, and a range of other symptoms that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. It is often a consequence of cancer treatment including surgery and is sometimes present from birth or as a congenital/ genetic abnormality.

Lymphoedema increases with age and occurs in around 17% of people following breast cancer surgery. Despite the high prevalence of lymphoedema, many people are still unaware of this condition and its effects. That's why events like Lymphoedema Awareness Week, is so important.


The week aims to raise awareness and understanding of lymphoedema and its impact on individuals and their families. It also highlights the need for early detection and expert management of the condition. The Lymphoedema Training Academy trains the therapists who treat the condition both within the NHS and privately. Whilst our onsite clinic provide treatment for people living with Lymphoedema and lipoedema. As specialist in ICG imaging (Indocyanine Green), they detect lymphoedema at its earliest commencement and can intervene early. LymphVision are one on a few clinics in the world, who carry out lymphatic mapping.


World Lymphoedema Day, which takes place on the 6th March, is another crucial event that aims to bring attention to this often-overlooked condition.

This day provides an opportunity to educate ‘the World’ about lymphoedema and understand how it may affect them or others. It also serves as a platform to educate other health care professionals what to observe for and how they can support to those living with or at risk of lymphoedema.

It is essential to understand that lymphoedema not only affects an individual's physical health but also has a significant impact on their emotional well-being. The physical changes and limitations caused by this condition can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. This swelling may limit movement and activity and if in the head and neck, affect speech and swallowing.


Lymphoedema Awareness Week and World Lymphoedema Day are critical events in the lymphoedema calendar, that play a crucial role in educating the public, dispelling myths, and providing support to those living with lymphoedema.

 If you know anyone with, or you think they may have lymphoedema please direct them to their GP, us and to the social media campaigns playing out this week.

It is essential to continue to raise awareness and work towards improving the lives of individuals affected by this condition.


Let us all come together to show our support and spread the message of hope and understanding during this important time!


If you are interested in gaining clinical skills for treating Lymphoedema, you can find more information at www.lymph.org.ukAdditionally, if you are currently experiencing or suspect you may have lymphoedema, www.lymphvision.com offers valuable patient support resources and services.



Join us on our social media channels to stay updated on our efforts to raise awareness for Lymphoedema Awareness Week!

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