A Cancer Support Group is helping to improve the lives of cancer patients at a local hospice with the donation of two items of specialist equipment.

Cancare, which was set up in 1989 to assist cancer patients as well as their family and friends across the Isle of Purbeck, has given the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust led Lymphoedema Clinic based at Forest Holme a Plinth Treatment Couch and Hydroven LymphAssist with a value of £8,500.

The donation was instigated by current Lymphoedema Clinic patient, Mary Brennen, who used to be the Treasurer at Cancare. Belinda Knott, Senior Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist, said, “We are so grateful to Mary for helping us secure the equipment for the clinic, which will have such a positive impact for our patients. It all began when we recently had a Plinth Treatment Couch on trial which Mary was using and because she found it so beneficial she suggested we get in touch with Cancare, who have been incredibly generous.”

Lymphoedema is a long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues and can affect any part of the body, although it usually develops in the arms or legs. It can occur after any cancer or treatment that affects the flow of lymph through the lymph nodes, such as removal of lymph nodes. While there is no cure for lymphoedema, compression treatments and physical therapy can help reduce the swelling and discomfort.

Vikki Fooks from Cancare said, “Cancare are delighted to help Poole Hospital’s Lymphoedema Clinic at Forest Holme in this way and hope this equipment benefits many patients in the future.”

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