MQ Health - Macquarie University

Dealing with lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema is a recognised area of research and clinical expertise within MQ Health. Lymphoedema is the swelling of patients' arms or legs that sometimes occurs after surgical removal of lymph nodes as part of treatment to remove tumours. Advanced cases of lymphoedema can have a devastating impact on individuals' quality of life as the swollen limbs interfere with their everyday activities and affect their self-image.

The Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) Centre within MQ Health, as part of the Lymphoedema Clinic, does research on the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments for the condition, as well as on the social and economic impacts of lymphoedema.