Lymphoedema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid due to malformation or trauma to the lymphatic system. It is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Lymphoedema therapy centres on empowering patients to manage their chronic condition through structured reduction and management phases. It offers a broad range of therapies including:
- Early intervention screening following cancer surgeries
- Education on prevention
- Assessment of new and chronic oedemas
- Exercise prescription
- Compression bandaging
- Compression garment prescription – custom made and ready to wear products
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Scar management
- Self-management techniques
Lymphoedema treatments are not available for rebate through Medicare but private health funds will rebate under Occupational Therapy. Patients are also accepted on Enhanced Primary Care Plans.
Jessica is a physiotherapist who specialises in treating lymphoedema. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and began her career as a rotating physiotherapist, seeing patients from wards including intensive care, cardiothoracics, orthopaedics, respiratory, neurology and rehabilitation. Jessica’s focus is now on educating patients on lymphoedema and identifying those who are at risk so that they can be treated early on in their cancer journey. She aims to provide a positive and supportive environment where patients can seek advice and learn techniques to self-manage their lymphoedema. This can involve making patients more comfortable, restoring function and enabling them to get back to doing the things they love.