By Guest Blogger Kelly Foote
Lymphedema is a well known and feared side effect of breast cancer treatment and one which has significant ongoing effects on an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Whilst only a relative minority of women with breast cancer (about 1 in 5) will go on to develop Lymphedema, nearly all of those who have had treatment are at risk. Education and early detection are vital to reducing the overall burden of this condition.
Lymphedema is swelling which occurs in the body’s soft tissue as a result of the lymphatic system not working properly. Lymphedema associated with breast cancer can be caused by either the surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiotherapy to regional lymph nodes or the progression of malignant disease.
Lymphedema cannot be cured if it develops, but it can be very well managed if detected early. Early warning signs of Lymphedema can include transient arm swelling and / or feelings of heaviness and tightness in the affected limb. Lymphedema can develop at any time after breast cancer treatment, even many years later, and so it is important that those at risk remain vigilant and informed.
The Lymphedema Breast Cancer App is a comprehensive, “on the go” guide to breast cancer related lymphedema. The App is a resource for all women who had lymph node surgery or radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment and who are at risk of developing Lymphedema.
The Lymphedema Breast Cancer App features information on what lymphedema is and how to reduce your risk. In addition, the App includes a “step by step” video teaching users how to measure their own arm. Users can save their arm measurements in the App’s measures diary, allowing them to track the size of their arm over time.
The Lymphoedema Breast Cancer Apps’ developer, Kelly Foote, is a Lymphoedema Physiotherapist with extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer related Lymphoedema.
Screen from the Lymphoedema App
The App has been reviewed and endorsed by the Australasian Lymphology Association and the Breast Surgeons Australia & New Zealand Incorporated.
The Lympheedema Breast Cancer App can be downloaded from the itunes and Google Play stores for $1.99. The App is compatible for both smartphone and tablet devices.
You can learn more about the Breast Cancer App at: www.lymphoedemabreastcancerapp.com.au
You can download the app at the following web locations:
Google Play store
About the author:
Kelly Foote is a Cancer Care Physiotherapist and the Lymphoedema Breast Cancer App Developer. Kelly resides in Brisbane, Australia.