Oncology & Lymphoedema

  • Oncology - 60 mins $90
  • Lymphoedema - 60mins $125
  • Other Services - subject to requirements

Elizabeth Gilchrist

ONCOLOGY & LYMPHOEDEMA PRACTITIONER

  • Available Friday 8am - 6pm

Elizabeth has been working at Daffodil Cottage for 3 years. Due to high demand for services she is now starting up her own practice.

Elizabeth has 12 years of experience in Oncology and Lymphoedema treatment and offers a range of services tailored to everyone’s individual needs.

Elizabeth is accredited by the Australian Lymphology Association as a Lymphoedema Practitioner.

What is Oncology & Lymphoedema?

  • Oncology Massage
  • Oncology Massage is a specialised massage technique designed to help people who are currently being treated for cancer. Research has shown the positive benefits of massage by reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
    Oncology massage is a very gentle technique used by trained therapists with an understanding of the disease itself, and the many ways it can affect the body, the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation, medications and surgery.

  • Lymphoedema
  • Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excess amounts of protein rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body. The damage may occur as a result of some cancer treatments such as the removal of Lymph nodes , radiotherapy , and chemotherapy. There are many factors which can also cause Lymphoedema, such as:
    - Trauma and tissue damage;
    - Venous damage;
    - Infections such as cellulitis;
    - Congenital - people born with Lymphoedema.

  • Early signs:
    - clothing or jewellery become tighter;
    - feeling of heaviness, tightness, fullness or stiffness;
    - aching;
    - visable swelling.


  • If left untreated, lymphoedema may cause a range of problems:
    - limb becomes more swollen (Edematous);
    - Prone to develop problems like Cellulitis;
    - scarring and thickening of the skin (Fibrosis);
    - discomfort, and sometimes pain;
    - reduced range of movement
    - fatigue


  • Techniques Used:
    - manual lymphatic drainage;
    - laser;
    - sequential, intermittent, pneumatic compression - LX9 compression pump;
    - physio touch - lymphatic drainage.

  • Other Services
    - fitting for garments to help reduce lymphoedema;
    - multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging.