Learning about lymphedema is the first step in preventing the condition or finding out how best to live with it and trying to stop it from getting worse. To learn more, you can purchase useful resources directly from the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO). By doing this, you also help to support our work, as all proceeds go directly to the LAO.
The books listed here have been reviewed and recommended by the LAO. However, they should not be used in place of medical diagnosis or treatment.
All prices are in Canadian dollars and are inclusive of taxes. We regret that we are only able to ship to Canadian addresses at this time.
100 Questions and Answers About Lymphedema (2009)
By Saskia Thiadens, Paula Stewart and Nicole Stout
“Written in a straight forward manner, this book demystifies the terminology and avoids medical jargon but is none the less a comprehensive overview of lymphedema, the causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of the condition.” – Reviewer Mary Hutton. Read full review.
Lymphedema: A Breast Cancer Patient’s Guide to Prevention and Healing (Ed 2005)
By Jeannie Burt and Gwen White
Lymphedema: An Information Booklet (2005)
By Saskia Thiadens
“This classic National Lymphedema Network (NLN) educational publication is now in its 8th revised and updated edition. Topics addressed include: What is LE? What are the symptoms? What causes LE? What are the treatments? How does LE cause infection? Risk Reduction etc.“ – From NLN website. Read full review
Lymphedema: Diagnosis and Therapy (4th Ed 2008)
By Horst Weissleder and Christian Schuchhardt
“It’s a book which I’d be happy to have in my pocket for quick and clear reference. Its one which can confirm your thoughts for the common situations but which can provide the necessary details for those difficult and complex cases and show you what you need to do and what can be done for them!” – Reviewer Professor Neil Piller. Read full review.
Lymphedema Caregiver’s Guide: Arranging and Providing Home Care (2009)
By Mary Kathleen Kearse, Elizabeth McMahon and Ann Ehrlich
“There is a lot to absorb and the Lymphedema Caregiver’s Guide provides an excellent step by step tool for helping the person living with lymphedema and their caregivers, cope with the condition. This guide will help them navigate and formulate a care plan that works best for both the caregiver and patient.” – Reviewer Donna Lue Reise, RN, CDT. Read full review.
Lymphedema: Understanding and Managing Lymphedema After Cancer Treatment (2006)
American Cancer Society
“This book is a very valuable resource not only for patients and families but also health care professionals in how to manage this poorly recognized condition. I frequently use this book in my practice as a lymphedema therapist.” – Reviewer Martina Reddick, RN. Read full review.
Overcoming the Emotional Challenges of Lymphedema (2005)
By Elizabeth McMahon
“...a very comprehensive, hands-on book, which is designed to help and to empower people with lymphedema, family members and health care professionals, to deal effectively with the many emotional issues than can occur with lymphedema” – Reviewer Sharon Langfield, PT, CDT. Read full review.
The Big Book of Lymphoedema – A Workbook for Children (2009)
Only at the LAO Store!
By Dr. Jacquelyne Todd
We regret that this book is currently sold out at the moment. Please contact our office if you wish to place a future order.
“The book is for kids ages infant to eleven years old, and it illustrates what lymphedema is with bright pictures and activities. I know that the book would be helpful to children to understand what is happening in their bodies and how to take care of their lymphedema.” – Reviewer Leora Nash. Read full review.
Voices of Lymphedema (2007)
By Ann Ehrlich and Elizabeth McMahon
“This book thoroughly lives up to the generous promise implied in its title regarding inspiration. So much courage, ingenuity, determination and just plain grit are demonstrated in this book; each story can’t help but resonate on some level with anyone who has struggled with a diagnosis of lymphedema” – Reviewer Joanne Young. Read full review.
Where the Rivers Meet the Sea (2nd Ed 2009)
By Sharon Langfield and Jan McFarland
“Where the Rivers meet the Sea takes a different approach to lymphedema management, exploring the connections between and among our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects – and how these may interact to affect lymphedema symptoms and successful management” – Reviewer Barbara Richter. Read full review.
Where the Sky Touches the Earth: A Lymphedema Therapist’s Guide to Working with the Whole Person (2010)
By Sharon Langfield, Janet McFarland and David Rankine
“Where the Sky Touches the Earth is not a how-to manual. It is an invitation for therapists to see their own strengths and resources and gain skills in brining these out in their clients. It is about empowering yourself and your clients” – Reviewer Ann DiMenna, PT/CDT. Read full review.
The Vital Essence – Over 70 Animated movies and videos by Neil Piller
Exercises – a 15 minute video, featuring Prof. Hildegard Wittlinger
Bracelet: Awareness Bands
Key Chain: Exclusive designer – LAO Decorative key chain featuring a butterfly bead
Team LYMPHEDEMA teal t-shirt
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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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