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Swelling (lymphoedema)

Lymphoedema is a swelling of an arm, leg or other part of the body due to a build-up of fluid in the body tissues.  This can occur when cancer blocks the drainage of the fluid, or when part of the lymphatic system has been removed or damaged by cancer treatments.

For information to help you cope with lymphoedema please click on the coloured text links below.

Macmillan Cancer Support – lymphoedema pages

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Also produces booklets on different types of cancer and on aspects of living with cancer. 

Freephone helpline – 0808 808 00 00

Macmillan Cancer Support - Swelling - lymphoedema

Cancer Research UK – Lymphoedema and cancer

The Cancer Research UK website has information on different types of cancer and living with cancer.

Cancer Research UK freephone helpline: 0808 800 4040

The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS)

The Lymphoedema Clinic provides specialised care and treatment for patients with lymphoedema.

The Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN)

Provides information and support to those living with and affected by lymphoedema / chronic oedema.

Tel:  020 7351 4480

Leicestershire Lymphoedema Support Group

Please click on the link above for information about this group. 

If you require more information about lymphoedema, please contact the Cancer Information Centre and we will try to help you. 

This page last reviewed 10/05/2021