International efforts are underway to develop best practices and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and ongoing care of primary and secondary lymphedema.
Since 2002 the International Lymphoedema Framework has been at the forefront of the global effort to improve clinical knowledge and awareness of lymphedema, share best practices and develop guidelines for standards of care and the management of lymphedema.
With the founding of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework in 2009, Canada has officially joined this global health movement and is helping to move lymphedema care and standards forward. Our shared goal is improved quality of care and life for people with lymphedema. Contact us, to receive updates about the Canadian Lymphedema Framework or to get involved with this initiative.
International Lymphedema Framework: best practices documents on lymphedema management, compression garments, the care of children with lymphedema, lymphedema in advanced cancer and edema at the end of life.
National Lymphedema Network: position papers on lymphedema training, risk reduction, treatment, exercise and air travel for people with or at risk for lymphedema.
CA Cancer J Clin 2009; 59:8-24. American Cancer Society. Lymphedema: A primer on the identification and management of a chronic condition in oncologic treatment.
CMAJ 2001; 164 (2). Canadian Medical Association. Clinical practice guidelines for the care and treatment of breast cancer: 11. LYMPHEDEMA.
Lymphology 36 (2003) 84-91. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Lymphedema. Consensus Document of the International Society of Lymphology.
BC Cancer Agency: resources about exercise post-breast cancer surgery.
Lymphedema – Take Control: lymphedema prevention and management resources on the benefits of exercise after breast cancer treatment.
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The LAO is working to improve access to quality lymphedema information, resources and services. We are striving for quality of life for people who are living with lymphedema – and knowledge of how to prevent it in people who are at risk for lymphedema.
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