THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM


The basic purpose of the lymphatic system - besides its important role in the immune defense - is to drain substances from the interstitial tissues. These substances are Protein, Water, Cells and Fat (in the digestive system).

The lymphatic system returns most of these substances back into the blood system.



WHAT IS LYMPHOEDEMA?


When the lymph channels become inflammed, obstructed or are removed (resulting from cancer treatment), the protein rich lymph fluid accumulates in the soft tissue and causes swelling.

The swelling mostly occurs in the extremities but can also occur in the face, trunk, abdomen or genital area.

Lymphoedema is a progressive as well as chronic condition and will not dissapear.