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Lymphedema is a collection of fluid, usually in the arm or leg, which often develops due to surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. The protein in the fluid acts as a magnet for more swelling and serves as a food source for infections, making it difficult to treat.

Normally, the amount of lymphatic fluid going into the arm or leg is equal to the fluid that is going out. With lymphedema, the amount of fluid going in is greater than the amount that can go out because of the damage to the “transport system.”

Lymphedema occurs most commonly in women who have had breast surgery with removal of lymph nodes, followed by radiation therapy. It can appear weeks, months or even years after the initial surgery. It also may occur following injury or infection. In each case, normal drainage of the lymphatic fluid is interrupted.

Although there are cases when lymphedema has spontaneously resolved and never recurred, for most patients it is a chronic problem requiring an ongoing effort to control.

Lymphedema Treatment
A treatment plan is based on evaluation by the therapist. It may include one or more of the following elements:


What Is a Stoma?

Being diagnosed with cancer and having treatment takes time to come to terms with. It can also be difficult to cope with the physical effects of treatment.

If a patient has a colostomy or ileostomy operation as part of treatment, the end of the bowel is brought out into an opening on the abdomen. The opening is referred to as a stoma.

Some people have a temporary colostomy (an artificial opening into the colon), made during their treatment for bowel cancer. The colostomy is closed a few months later when the bowel has fully healed.

Some people have a permanent colostomy or ileostomy(artificial opening into the ilium or small bowel).

How Basil Can Help Stoma Patients

It can take a while to get used to dealing with a stoma, so it is important to seek support.

NB: Where a Basil Oncocare is not equipped to provide the above-mentioned service, patients will be referred to reliable service providers in their local community:
Stoma Care
Emptying & Changing a Stoma Bag
Caring for Skin Around the Stoma



Basil oncocare provides genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Majority of cancers occur by chance, or are sporadic. However, some cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, or are hereditary. Identifying a hereditary predisposition to cancer allows individuals and families to personalize cancer screening guidelines, medical management and treatment options.

Who Should Have a Cancer Genetics Evaluation?
If you have a personal and/or family history of the following, you should consider making an appointment:

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