Swelling due to cancer

Cancer operations and other treatments often involve the removal of lymph nodes or damage to some of the lymph vessels. This may lead to swelling, which results in the formation of fibrous tissue in the swollen area if left untreated. In addition, radiotherapy can damage delicate lymph vessels and interfere with their function. Swelling should be addressed as soon as possible after the first symptoms appear.

PhysioTouch or LymphaTouch therapy stimulates and supports the activity of a cancer patient’s healthy lymph nodes and lymph vessels, allowing the lymph burden of the swollen area to be transported over or around the evacuated or damaged area into functional lymph vessels or lymph node groupss[1,2]. Limiting the growth of fibrous tissue enhances the metabolism of the surrounding tissue and improves function in the target area. Cancer treatments are often very stressful for the body, so PhysioTouch therapy is generally not started until the cancer treatment sessions are over. The PhysioTouch treatment method does not damage tissues or cause lymph vessels to collapse[2]. Treatment of cancer patients is carried out by a trained lymphatic therapist. Compression bandaging or a ready-made compression product is generally used in combination with the PhysioTouch treatment.

 

[1] Vuorinen V-P, Airaksinen Olavi, (2009) A new vacuum suction device for management of lymphedema, Program & Abstract book pp. 118.,22nd International Congress of Lymphology, 21-25 September 2009, Sydney, Australia
[2] Ville-Pekka Vuorinen, Jarkko Iivarinen, Jukka Jurvelin, Olavi Airaksinen (2013) Lymphatic therapy using negative pressure, A clinical study with the LymphaTouch device, Research Report #5320003/221, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation