A BREAST cancer survivor from Salisbury is one of the first in Wiltshire to have undergone cutting edge surgery to overcome lymphoedema, a common side effect from cancer treatment.

Christine Jerrom had super microscopic surgery after her arm had become so swollen from lymphoedema that she could not see the veins of her hand and wrist and was unable to enjoy gardening as any slight graze or sting could result in a skin infection.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013, she was treated with chemotherapy, surgery to remove her lymph nodes and a lumpectomy (tissue conserving surgery). And then in 2014 she underwent a mastectomy.