8th National Lymphoedema Conference
The 8th National Lymphoedema Conference took place on Thursday 10th June 2021 at America Square Conference Centre, London. It is now available to view on-demand here!

The conferences brought together the leading specialists in the discipline to present and inspire discussion on the issues and debates that are most relevant to lymphoedema treatment and research today.

To apply for CPD after viewing on-demand email nurseledconferences@markallengroup.com.
This Conference Has 8 Sections
  • Cheryl Pike, National Macmillan Innovations Lymphoedema Specialist, Swansea Bay University Health Board
    Genital Oedema: Male and Female Perspectives
    This session will commence with the introduction of the diversity of the normal genital shape for men and women. We will review the potential causes of genital oedema and look at how the swelling may distort the genitalia and affect basic functions such as micturition. Assessing genital oedema can be complex as not only does it present with a physical distortion, but also emotionally, these people can be vulnerable and distressed by the time they get to a lymphoedema clinic. We will look at assessment forms that can guide your subjective information and discuss the physical examination. Finally, we will explore potential conservative treatments, as well as briefly touching on surgical options for this patient group.
  • Katie Riches, Vice Chair, BLS
    The Incidence and Assessment of Breast Lymphoedema
    It is recognised that patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at risk of developing lymphoedema of the arm. Lymphoedema can also affect the breast but this area is not as well studied and recognised by clinicians.

    This session will review the incidence and potential risk factors for breast lymphoedema development. It will include how the presence of breast lymphoedema can be determined and some of the treatment options.
  • Jeanne Everett, Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse, St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington
    Compression Challenges In Lipoedema: Introducing Haddenham Grace (Sponsored by Haddenham)
    This session begins with a review of what lipoedema is, how it presents and the possible management options.

    The problems encountered by people with lipoedema will be explored, with a particular focus on the problems commonly experienced with compression. Lymphoedema specialists will be well-aware of the difficulties faced with the fitting, efficacy and comfort of compression hosiery for patients with lipoedema, and how concordance, and hence a successful outcome, can be poorly affected by these issues.

    The Haddenham Grace range of compression will be introduced, as a new innovative garment especially designed and manufactured to meet the compression needs of patients with lipoedema.
  • Karen Morgan, National Lymphoedema Education Lead in Wales , Lymphoedema Network Wales NHS in Wales (SBUHB)
    Benefits of Lymphoedema Deployment into Community Services During COVID-19
    Discussing the value and benefit of this deployment for patients and the NHS. The lymphoedema service continued to deliver services throughout the pandemic however also supported community services with the management of forty patients currently on the community case load. 97% of these patients presented with lower limb wounds and chronic oedema, but only 43% were known to the lymphoedema service. These patients were seen exclusively by the lymphoedema therapist’s over the four month period, increasing and altering many of the patient’s compression, resulting in 20% of patients being discharged off the community case load, and a further 20% requiring less visits. Also working with unregistered staff to upskill and facilitate safe delegation. This deployment clearly demonstrates lymphoedema therapists as compression experts and their ability to reduce inefficiencies in both dressing costs and nursing time. Reinforcing the value of the on the ground clinical lympheodema educator’s role within the NHS.
  • Rachel Day, Macmillan Specialist Lymphoedema Practitioner, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
    Lymphoedema Management In Head and Neck Cancer
    This session will look at the signs and symptoms associated with the development of head and neck cancer-related lymphoedema, and the challenges these present in relation to changes in function and in particular, the psychological impact of changes in body image. Based on clinical experience, the various management options will be discussed to provide practical advice to help reduce swelling and improve quality of life.
  • Sue Lawrance, Clinical Nurse Specialist Lymphoedema, Buckinghamshire Healthcare / Haddenham Healthcare
    Management of Breast Oedema – Introducing an Innovative Compression Garment (Sponsored By Haddenham)
    Advances in breast cancer management , including breast conserving surgery has led to an increase in the incidence of breast oedema. While upper limb lymphoedema is generally well managed, breast oedema is often regarded as a consequence of surgery and not always treated if specialist therapists are not available.

    Compression is a recognised part of oedema management & there are a variety of bras on the market.

    Following on from the success of Comfiwave limb garments, a bra band has been developed to aid the management of breast & chest wall oedema. This session discusses its use through patient case studies, as a tool for the management of this often distressing condition.
  • Sharie Fetzer, Chair , Lipoedema UK
    Lipoedema and Diet - A long term study with De Montfort University
    Lipoedema UK have entered into a long term collaboration with De Montfort University to investigate why conventional diets fail to have any impact on Lipoedema. The study will include dietary trials to find an optimal diet to prevent weight gain and reduce existing areas of Lipoedema fat.

    Women with Lipoedema have been consistently let down by conventional wisdom on weight management and exercise and the lack of knowledge of Lipoedema throughout the medical profession. Patients with Lipoedema are often found obese and have concurrent lymphoedema conditions, which adds to the complexity of disease treatment and management.

    Faerber (2018) shed the light on the pro- and anti-inflammatory properties of diet as the potential focus for Lipoedema management, as chronic inflammation has been suggested as one of the pathophysiological processes involved in Lipoedema.
  • Garry Cooper-Stanton, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Assistant Professor, University of Birmingham and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
    Compression Therapy for those with Heart Failure
    The aim of the session is talk about the challenges that are faced by clinicians and patients with heart failure. This specifically relates to the use of compression therapy in the management of chronic oedema and lymphoedema when using this approach. Despite, these challenges, its use can be beneficial to this patient group, if it is considered against the available evidence, and within a personalised care approach.
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