Clinical Guidelines

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.

Lymphedema Clinical Guidelines & Best Practice Documents

International Lymphedema Framework (ILF): 

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.

Click here for a link to all ILF publications

National Lymphedema Network: 

position papers on lymphedema training, risk reduction, treatment, exercise and air travel for people with or at risk for lymphedema.

Click here for a link to the entire NLN Knowledge Base

Journal Articles

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

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Patient Education Resources

BC Cancer Agency: Click here for this BCCA Lymphedema Knowledge Base

College of Family Physicians of Canada: Journal Article—Management of Secondary Lymphedema Related to Breast Cancer

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