Lymphatic drainage needs great caution in cancer cases
IT has come to my attention again that there are individuals who are suffering the effects of invasive surgery seeking desperate relief from disturbing fluid retention.
Sometimes fluid retention is an adverse effect due to surgical procedures. A surgeon sometimes has to remove extensive structures including lymph nodes in an attempt to prevent cancer spreading.
An adverse effect of invasive surgery entails fluid retention, which may be a consequence of lymphatic vessels becoming obstructed, just like having a blockage in irrigation pipes. Desperate need sometimes driven by severe discomfort often results in people undertaking lymphatic massage.
What I consider to be essential is that people who seek lymphatic drainage from the after effects of surgery should obtain medical clearance indicating there is no detectable cancer activity, or you are in remission.
Even then lymphatic drainage massage may increase risk of secondary cancer developing six months later.
After spending 16 years researching and developing a safe and effective accredited course on lymphatic massage as well as lecturing the system for over 10 years, caution regarding lymphatic massage in cancer cases is essential.
Having been one of the original four Australian students who undertook the first extensive training course on Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage in 1985, it was clearly instructed at the time that malignant conditions are contraindicated.
Case reports with Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage during the 1980s, involving post massage surveillance, clearly indicated the method requires contraindication status involving cancerous conditions. Moreover, persons suffering fluid retention after invasive cancer surgery could be at risk of experiencing secondary cancer incidence some months later.
Without a doubt the guiding principle of lymphatic massage is contraindication status with cancer cases.
The rationale regarding this is intention to maximise safe clinical practice. I strongly advocate that longstanding patient safety in cancer cases with fluid retention calls for considered lymphatic massage avoidance.
Interventions that have safe longstanding outcomes for people experiencing fluid retention after cancer surgery include postural drainage, personalised to address the particular complication. Naturopathic vibration is a safe manual system having favourable longstanding results in fluid retention cases.
Naturopathic herbalism can also reduce fluid retention complications; this system factors in a collaborative approach in cooperatively working with oncology medications. So long as cancer damage to organs or tissues is not severe, naturopathic herbalism can safeguard against chemotherapy toxicity challenges.