Research has found that some cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery can put you at a higher risk of developing a swelling. The earliest way to identify Lymphoedema is by being able to see your lymphatics. By following our screening programme, changes to the lymphatics will be detected as early as possible, often before you can feel the changes yourself. Recognising the condition early is critical in preventing the long-term, more serious effects.
What is a ‘screening programme’?
LymphVision offers a screening programme to give you peace of mind. Often, many people following breast cancer or other surgery, are aware that a consequence of treatment can be lymphoedema. By undertaking screening, lymphatic conditions which can occur as a result of cancer treatments are recognised as early as possible. We do this by offering repeat lymphofluoroscopy assessments over the period in which these conditions are most likely to develop. The screening programme consists of an initial consultation followed by an assessment every 6 months for a 24-month period, however longer packages are also available to suit your requirements.
Why is screening important?
Research has found that some cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy put patients at a higher risk of developing lymphoedema. As lymphoedema is a chronic condition, early recognition ensures that the symptoms are managed early and often before you can feel any changes yourself. Through repeated assessments with our team, changes to the lymphatics will be detected using our Near Infra-red (NIR) camera which allows us to see your lymphatics working in real time. Recognizing the condition early is crucial in the bid to prevent the long-term, more serious effects.
What are the benefits of screening?
The screening programme offers two major benefits. In the case of seeing a healthy and normal lymphatic system, you can be reassured that you do not, at that point have lymphoedema. Our trained team will be looking for any signs of dysfunction of the lymphatics or signs they are struggling.
If early lymphatic changes are identified, you can be assured that the early identification, followed by efficient management, will likely substantially reduce the severity of what can be a very debilitating condition. We will ensure you receive a swift referral onwards and can recommend a private therapist or surgeon. In addition, the mapping of your lymphatics will mean that we can guarantee the best out of your Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and can also advise where to head for unbiased support and guidance. Some patients may opt for lymphatic surgery which can be discussed with one of our partner surgeons.
What does the programme include?
The screening programme will start with a comprehensive consultation and assessment with Clinical Nurse Consultant, Jane Wigg. Jane will work through your medical history and can answer any questions you may have. The initial consultation will include the first Lymphofluoroscopy scan, where we will assess for any signs of developing lymphoedema. If the scan is clear, you will be invited back for the second assessment 6 months later to repeat the assessment. If at any of the assessments Lymphoedema is detected you will be provided with advice and support regarding the most appropriate treatment. This may include simple and self-lymphatic drainage which can assist well at this early stage, compression or other forms of treatment including surgery, if this is your desired option.
Why should I choose LymphVision for my screening?
LymphVision is run by the only authorised UK trainer of Fluoroscopy Guided Manual Lymphatic Drainage (FG-MLD), Jane Wigg. As Clinical Consultant, Jane, has worked in Lymphoedema management for over 20 years and is widely regarded as a leading UK expert. She has been working closely for several years with world-renowned Professor JP Belgrado, who first introduced ICG Fluoroscopy to the field of Lymphoedema five years ago. His expert knowledge, technique and protocol have assisted thousands of people to live better with Lymphoedema. LymphVision is proud to be trained and working with him and has been providing private Lymphofluoroscopy mapping since 2014. It is the first clinic in the UK providing this service to patients and offers appointments at 3 prestigious locations nationwide. By working collaboratively we can offer patients not only the option of a surgical opinion but also improved non-surgical options.
We pride ourselves on patient care, helping you to feel at ease at what can be a worrying time. We are available to talk to and are eager to answer any question, big or small. Our feedback from previous patients and therapists alike is positive for improving MLD and advice and support along with our administrative processes, clinic procedures and bedside manner.
For more information, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the screening programme further.