Let's Talk Lymphoedema

Let's Talk Lymphoedema : The Essential Guide to Everything You Need to Know

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Lymphoedema is one of the most misunderstood and neglected conditions in healthcare today. It affects millions of people worldwide and yet patients often struggle to even obtain a diagnosis.; Let's Talk Lymphoedema is a friendly, informative guide that offers support to sufferers and their families and helps them to deal with its effects. It's time to start talking about this widespread but little-known disease.; Lymphoedema results from a failure of the lymphatic system, causing swelling and fluid retention; it can also cause aching, heaviness and difficulty moving. Research shows that around 140 million people worldwide may be living with lymphoedema, and it affects approximately one in five women after breast cancer treatment. There is no cure for the disease, but there are ways to control the symptoms.; Let's Talk Lymphoedema has been written to help sufferers deal with its debilitating effects, providing information and inspiration to help them lead rich, vibrant lives. It features contributions from international experts and personalities such as Miriam Stoppard, and the actress Kathy Bates, who herself suffers from the condition.; Including essential medical information (immune system and infection; microsurgery; obesity; podiatry); treatment advice (compression garments; physiotherapy; exercises); and day-to-day support (psychology, sexuality and others' perceptions), this is an essential read for sufferers, friends, family and medical professionals alike.show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 589.67g
  • Elliott & Thompson Limited
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783962852
  • 9781783962853
  • 278,065

About Peter Mortimer

Professor Peter Mortimer is a consultant dermatologist working at both St George's Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He is also Professor of Dermatological Medicine to St George's University of London. He has spent most of his professional life in the research and clinical practice of lymphoedema and related disorders of the lymphatic system. He is a founder of both the Lymphoedema Support Network and the British Lymphology Society, and is internationally recognised for his work in lymphoedema. He is the author of Lymphoedema: Advice on Self-management and Treatment (2004).; With a gift for creating unobtrusive settings that reflect the individual style of her sitters, Gemma Levine's career has encompassed hundreds of encounters with the most well-known and fascinating people in Britain. She has published 20 books, most recently Go with the Flow, which describes her journey through cancer; and she has shown over 60 exhibitions around the world, including a celebration of 25 years of her work at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Gemma lectures at Tate Britain on Henry Moore, and images from her extensive archive are regularly seen in the media. She lives in London and Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and has two sons.show more

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"A friendly and informative guide to the misunderstood condition" - Mayfair Times; "This book is an absolute must read for sufferers, friends, family and medical professionals alike ... it is very powerful in its message" - Countrywives.comshow more

Table of contents

Contents; Foreword ix; What Is the Purpose of this Book? xi; Preface xiii; Introduction by Gemma Levine 1; 1. Introducing the Lymph System 5; 2. What Is Lymphoedema? 11; 3. The Perils of Infection 17; 4. What Causes Lymphoedema? 25; 5. How Common Is Lymphoedema? 41; 6. Awareness and Diagnosis 47; 7. Standard Treatments 69; 8. New and Alternative Treatments 101; 9. Managing Obesity and Lymphoedema 115; 10. Living with Lymphoedema 123; 11. Children with Lymphoedema 145; 12. Other Forms of Lymphoedema 159; 13. Lymphoedema Worldwide 175; Conclusion: Hope 187; Appendix 1: Exercises 189; Appendix 2: Nutrition 197; Resources 200; Acknowledgements 201; Index 204show more

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