Ask the Expert: Living well with lymphoedema with Maree O’Connor

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edited April 2022 in General discussion
Good morning everyone!

Sharing that we are hosting our next Ask the Expert Digital Event next Thursday evening on the 7th of April, which will focus on living well with lymphoedema. The event will run from 7.00pm - 8.00pm AEST via Zoom. To register, please click here. 

Lymphoedema is swelling that occurs when lymph fluid builds up in the tissue under the skin. It can develop after surgery or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes under the arm and surrounding area. Surgery and radiation can interrupt or damage some of the nodes and vessels that lymph moves through, resulting in a backup of fluid in the tissues (lymphoedema). 

While there is no cure, early detection and ongoing management and treatment are important to prevent lymphoedema from worsening and to enable you to live well with it. 

At this Ask the Expert event, we will hear from lymphoedema physiotherapist Maree O’Connor and BCNA Consumer Monique Bareham. Maree is lymphoedema physiotherapist with over 30 years experience in the management of lymphoedema for people affected by breast cancer and Monique was recently announced as South Australia’s 2022 Local Hero for her advocacy for compression garments for lymphoedema after her own personal experience of lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment. 

This session will address what you need to know to be able to live well with lymphoedema, including symptoms you may experience, how you can reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, current and emerging treatments, where you can find help and what you can do to help manage lymphoedema. 

During this 60-minute Zoom event you will be able to ask Maree and Monique questions. Please share your questions prior to the event via the question box on the registration page, email or during the evening via the discussion box on your screen. 

Event Details: 

Date: Thursday 7 April 2022 

Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm AEST 

Where: Online – from your computer, tablet, or laptop  

Your Local Time:  

WA: 5.00pm  

NT, SA: 6.30pm 

QLD, ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC: 7.00pm 


  • [Deleted User]
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    Hello everyone. Just a reminder that this event will be running tomorrow evening at 7.00pm AEST. We look forward to seeing you there! 
  • lrb_03
    lrb_03 Member Posts: 1,269
    This was a great presentation with 2 knowledgable professionals speaking with passion. To anyone with or at risk of lymphoedema who missed it, watch it as soon as it is available on this site. My only comment would have been that it would have been great to have this event in March, Lymphoedema Awareness Month, which seems to have slid past BCNA without mention. Maybe next year something like this could be held in March, or better yet, on 6th of March, World Lymphoedema Day
  • [Deleted User]
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    Good afternoon everyone. The Ask the Expert Event is now live via the BCNA website. You can find it here!