Understanding lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment

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When: Held on Thursday, 28th March 2019
What Time: 7.00 - 7.45 pm AEDT

About the Webinar

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) held a free online information session on lymphoedema that discussed what lymphoedema is, why it develops as a result of breast cancer treatment, the signs and symptoms and how to prevent it. You will need to register to view the video. If you have already registered, please login with your email to view the recording.


Kirsten Pilatti, CEO BCNA


Louise Koelmeyer, Occupational Therapist and Lymphoedema Practitioner

Louise is an occupational therapist with over 28 years of clinical experience in both the public and private systems, specialising in breast cancer rehabilitation and lymphoedema management in all areas of assessment, education, early detection and treatment. As Lymphoedema Program Manager & Senior Lecturer in the Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) program at Macquarie University, Louise is involved in strategically managing and developing the education, research and treatment arms of the innovative multidisciplinary program.

Jenny Gilchrist, Nurse Practitioner

Jenny Gilchrist is a nurse practitioner in breast oncology at Macquarie University Hospital. Jenny is one of a small group of highly specialised nursing professionals in the Australian health care system. After qualifying as a nurse and working as a clinical nurse consultant for several years, Jenny returned to university to get her Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), a qualification that permits her to carry out a range of ‘doctor-type’ tasks. As a nurse practitioner, Jenny can physically assess patients, write scripts, order scans but also supports patients from early                                                  diagnosis to those with metastatic disease.

Marilyn Miller, breast cancer survivor

In November 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast. Surgery was in January 2012, a few weeks short of my 64th birthday.  A mastectomy and axillary, put me in the high risk category to develop lymphoedema.  At my first visit, Louise explained the risks and symptoms of lymphoedema, ways that could minimise this risk.   L-Dex measurements were taken, providing a pre-surgery, baseline reading.  In 2013 I started wearing a compression sleeve and still do and my lymphoedema is at a manageable level thanks to Louise’s guidance and                                                      treatment plan.

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