MQ Health - Macquarie University

Lymphoedema Clinic

Current projects

Early detection of lymphoedema

This international research led by Vanderbilt University and sponsored by Impedimed is investigating whether early detection of lymphoedema using either Bioimpedance Spectroscopy or tape measurement, followed by early temporary use of a compression garment, prevents continued swelling in those breast cancer patients who have undergone locoregional treatment.

Home Monitoring of Lymphoedema

This study is comparing routine standard of care monitoring for the management for Lymphoedema with home-based self-monitoring using L-Dex with the aim of improving current practice in relation to adherence to treatment and specific physical, functional and psychological outcome.

Anatomical studies

  • Using Indocyanine Green (ICG) fluorescence lymphography to understand the changes in anatomical structure in early lymphoedema
  • Using Indocyanine Green (ICG) fluorescence lymphography to investigate how the lymphatic system repairs itself during the healing process after surgery
  • Comparative anatomical study of the lymphatic systems of animals and humans

Lymphoedema Self-Care (LySCa)

This study involves two parts:

  • Development of content for an online resource (website and app) to facilitate the effective long-term self-care management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema (completed)
  • Determining the user acceptability of the online resource by obtaining consumer feedback on the layout, navigation and design of the website and accompanying app (ongoing)

Health Economics Study

Currently unfunded, this study aims to investigate the real cost of breast cancer and lymphoedema in the community.

Lymphoedema ImpediMed SOZO device

Do you have 60 minutes to give to lymphoedema research? We are currently running a study that measures limb volume using two different devices. We are looking for people both with and without lymphoedema to attend a single 60-minute appointment at our clinic

Participate in our research