My mother had bladder cancer when she was 39 in the late 70s and then breast cancer in 2001. She always had swollen knees and ankles (I think this is hereditary) but recently has been suffering with very swollen legs. She is also diabetic (diet controlled) and her chiropodist was worried about the redness and blistering appearing on the front of her legs. She finally persuaded the GP to refer her to a consultant in local hospital who immediately said it was lymphoedema. He contacted the dermatology department who informed him that the best clinic was St. Giles in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He wanted her to go there for assessment and then be treated at a local hospice. This was in August 2016. We waiting for the appointment, only to be told that neither St. Giles or our GP practice could provide transport - this is needed as she now needs a wheelchair when going out, which she does very rarely. She asked the GP to contact the local hospice to ask for treatment there, only to find out that they won't treat her because the cancer is historical. The GP agreed to ask District Nurses to attend my mother and they now come in three times a week to dress her legs, however, they are not experts in this field and are mostly undecided how to treat her. All this has taken several months and she is still in a lot of discomfort. She decided to obtain a quote herself for a private ambulance to take her to Lichfield, but this was very expensive and so out of the question. I cannot believe that the local hospice, Myton Hospice which has a lymphoedema clinic, will not treat my mother. I am trying to ascertain why and will be writing a letter to them very soon, and also send copies to other health organisations here in Warwickshire. I wondered if anyone else has had this same situation. Is this the normal procedure for lymphoedema sufferers? (Sorry for the long post, but I am so annoyed).