Chronic Oedema/Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling that can affect any area of the body but usually the arms and legs. It develops when the lymphatic system does not work properly. This can have an impact on a person’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing. The sooner you treat this, the better outcomes for the patient.
In early 2019 the Macmillan Greater Manchester Lymphoedema Programme was set up as a two year programme to understand the needs of people at risk of and affected by Lymphoedema across Greater Manchester.
There are two types of lymphoedema.
Primary Lymphoedema – which is heredity/ congenital.
Secondary Lymphoedema – which is casued by overload, blockage or damage to lymphatic system. It can be the result of a cancer treatment, an infection, injury, inflammation of the limb, or a lack of limb movement.
The project ended in December 2020. It was agreed that Greater Manchester would strive towards a Lymphoedema System Approach to ensure consistency and accessibility to treatment for chronic oedema/lymphoedema. Resources developed as part of this project are available on this page.