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Introducing a skin cancer lymphoedema prevention and rehabilitation scheme

Jodie Reynolds
14 February 2014

<p>Lymphoedema is an incurable, progressive chronic condition and unfortunately it is a potential complication of the treatment for malignant melanoma following axillary node dissection and groin dissection. Referrals for this user group is ever-increasing to the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board clinic presenting with established swelling, poor skin condition, and decreased range of movement. The skin cancer lymphoedema prevention and rehabilitation programme was implemented to assess whether it would be advantageous to target this user group both pre- and post-operatively to reduce the risk of lymphoedema and other physical effects associated from treatment. The data obtained via this scheme highlighted that the incidence of related lymphoedema in the melanoma group is under reported and under recognised.</p>

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