Lymphoedema of the breast
May 17, 2023
Lymphoedema is an abnormal swelling that can develop in the arm, hand, breast or torso as a side effect of breast cancer surgery or radiation treatment to the breast which causes damage to the important pathways of the Lymphatic system. Lymph is a thin clear fluid that circulates throughout the body to remove waste, bacteria and other substances from the tissues. Oedema is a build-up of excess fluid. So Lymphoedema occurs when too much Lymph collects in an area of the body.
It can appear in some people during the months or even years after treatment ends. Usually the symptoms develop gradually, you may feel an unusual sensation, numbness or tingling before the visible swelling occurs. Other symptoms include a feeling of fullness, heaviness, puffiness and decreased flexibility and tightness in the arm, chest, breast or underarm area.
Early detection of Lymphoedema is important, so you should contact your doctor who will if required refer you for assessment and treatment by an experienced Lymphoedema Therapist.
Lymph relief bandage / compression bra
For Lymph congestion in the breast and thorax area, the Lymph O Fit bra has balanced compression with breast support at the side which exerts additional pressure on the breast. The front hook and eye fastener on the outside prevent skin irritation. The soft edging band eliminates any cutting in under the breast. The high back and wide side connection provides sufficient support in the event of Lymphoedema in the armpit and back. What is special about the Lymph relief fabric is it’s burled surface , which has a massaging effect and also has gentle compression exerted on the Lymph system and skin. Post-operative Lymphoedema is therefore more quickly alleviated. The textured structure has a massaging and draining effect on the subcutaneous tissue and the minor Lymph vessels. This activates and improves Lymph drainage and has a positive effect on scar healing. Of note, when required it can be adjusted to have a sewn in flap that can accommodate a partial or full breast prosthesis.
To achieve a perfect fit , I would recommend that clients attend for an instore fitting by a trained fitter.