The Canadian Lymphedema Framework, in conjunction with our Education Working Group and generous funding from the Alberta Lymphedema Association, has created a variety of patient education materials to increase public awareness and patient care of lymphedema.
Currently, there is a 4-fold pamphlet and a 24-page brochure available. Click the images to open, view, download a digital copy, which you are invited to print and/or share. To request printed copies, contact your provincial lymphedema association.
You might also be interested in sharing this physician reference card on lymphedema prevalence and treatment in Canada
More than one million Canadians suffer from lymphedema and/or chronic edema, a progressive, chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any area of the body, most commonly the limbs. Most of these Canadians remain undiagnosed and/or untreated.
Canadian physicians are primarily familiar with cancer-related lymphedema, however recent physiological research has shown that all excess interstitial fluid is handled by the lymphatic system, concluding that any chronic swelling may, in fact, lead to lymphedema or lymphatic failure.
While some cases of lymphedema are mild and may resolve on their own, any edema lasting more than a few months causes permanent lymphatic damage. Lymphedema usually requires higher compression classes and specific decongestive approaches.
Early diagnosis and adequate management are critical to prevent complications such as recurrent bacterial cellulitis and wounds.
We developed this reference card through the Canadian Lymphedema Framework as an education tool to alert physicians regarding the latest best practice recommendations for the identification and treatment of this condition.
Dr. David Keast
Co-Chair, Canadian Lymphedema Framework
Dr. Anna Towers
Co-Founder, Canadian Lymphedema Framework