Lymphodema after breast cancer and covid-19


I have lymphodema in my hand, arm and chest. Am I more at risk? 

  • Hi ,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. I can see that it’s been a while since you joined us, I hope that you’re well.

    It’s understandable why you’re concerned about whether having lymphoedema will mean that you’re more at risk if you were to get COVID-19(Coronavirus).

    The Lymphoedema Support Network(LSN) has this information about Lymphoedema and COVID-19. The say

    “Our experts tell us that in nearly all cases lymphoedema alone does not make one more susceptible to the coronavirus. The only exception would be those very rare primary lymphoedema patients who have extensive lymphatic abnormalities involving the chest i.e. Lungs, and have generalised immune deficiency; we are assured those patients will know who they are”

    We have the guidance about cancer and COVID-19 that can be helpful to read.

    If you want to chat any of this through with one of the nurses, then give our Support Line a call on 0808-808-0000. Our lines are open every day from 8am till 8pm.

    Somepeople find it helpful to talk to others going through a similar experience, as there is nothing quite like the support that you can get from others who know what it’s like. If you think that is something that would be helpful to do, we have a breast cancer and life after cancer group that you can join.

    Best wishes and take care.

    Ellen- Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.