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Lower Limb Lymphodema

  • Incidence and impact of lower-limb lymphoedema in women who have been treated for gynaecological cancer
  • Presentation of lymphoedema
  • Preventative care
  • Management
  • Includes a relevant case study

Lymphoedema is caused by failure of the lymphatics. Lymphoedema of the lower limbs is characterised by swelling of one or both limbs and can lead to disabling functional impairment and immobility, together with an altered body image and psychological morbidity (Tobin et al. 1993; Woods 1993). This chapter discusses secondary lymphoedema of the lower limbs as a result of gynaecological cancer.

Contents include

  • Incidence and impact
  • Pathophysiology
  • Presentation
  • Preventive care
    • Skin care
    • Exercise and movement
  • Management
    • Four cornerstones of treatment
    • Other therapies
  • Living with lymphoedema
    • Initial presentation
    • Management
    • Psychological distress
    • Work and career
  • Treatment in advanced gynaecological cancer
  • Case study
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Author / Editor Biographies

Registered nurse and midwife, Clinical Nurse Teacher, Master of Science Research Degree
Margaret Sneddon is a registered nurse and midwife, and a recorded Clinical Nurse Teacher. She holds a master of science research degree - which focused on the outcome of palliative care education on practice. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education. Margaret worked as a nurse in gynaecology in Scotland for six years before becoming the first gynaecology cancer specialist nurse in the UK. After training as a Clinical Nurse Teacher, Margaret took up a joint clinical, education and research post in palliative care. The clinical aspect of the post in...

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