Have you just had surgery? Are you in the middle of your chemo or radiation therapy? Are you battling with pain, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, lymphoedema, toileting difficulties, numbness in hands or feet? Feeling out of control with all the changes and wondering what is normal?
You don’t need to wait until your treatment finishes before addressing these and many of the other side effects of your treatments may have induced. (LEARN MORE) In fact, early detection of physical impairment is key in alleviating and preventing further functional decline. Some of these can be relatively easily addressed by rehabilitation interventions but can become very difficult to treat if they have progressed over weeks, months or years.
Prof Rod Macleod, PhD MMedEd FRCGP FAchPM is a Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care and Conjoint Professor of the University of Sydney, based at HammondCare’s Greenwich Hospital and has been involved in cancer research for 22 years. He states:
So you have had your last chemo or radiation session – what's next? After weeks of blood tests and hospital and specialist appointments, there is a sudden hiatus. The security of checking in with a medical professional on a regular basis to decide on what you should be doing is not longer there and you are on your own. Well not quite – the lingering and often quite debilitating side effects are keeping you company along with the advice to take it easy and adjust to the new norm. You wonder, where do I start getting back to living again and will I ever feel like me again?
Well that’s WHY we are here! We want to help you address those difficulties, talk about what is important to you, set some goals and discuss what it will take to get to the end result.
LIVING WITH LYMPHOEDEMA
Are you worried you may have lymphoedema and want to find out more? Do you have aching or heaviness in your arm or leg? Do you experience swelling, limitation of movement, tightness or tension in the affected limb? Is your clothing, jewellery or footwear tighter on one side compared to the other? Are you living with lymphoedema and need some support services
Our expert LYMPHOEDEMA PRACTITIONERS can help provide information, education, and treatment for lymphoedema which may include a number of options. We will use best practice guidelines, combined with measures that are appropriate to your lifestyle to help you manage your risk (if you are in a high risk category) or the condition itself (if you already have lymphoedema).