Lymphedema is a chronic health condition with many faces. Some people are born with it; others develop it later in life, often after treatment for some cancers. It is estimated that up to 1 million Canadians suffer with this progressive condition that can have life-long physical, emotional and financial implications for patients and their families. Given this updated national estimate and the population distribution within Canada, it can be extrapolated that near 388,920 Ontarians (children and adults) are living with lymphedema. Up to one in four breast cancer survivors will develop lymphedema at some point in their life.

Become informed. That is the first step you can take to help prevent lymphedema, detect it, get it diagnosed early, and learn how best to manage this condition. We’re working to improve access to quality lymphedema information, resources and services across Ontario and beyond.

Please explore our website for lymphedema information, support and resources.

What We Offer:

Currently, the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO) strives to help people living with lymphedema and healthcare professionals by offering information about lymphedema and lymphedema resources in Ontario. 

This includes:

    All of this information is provided through:

    • Patient education pamphlets
      (a copy is available on our website to download and print)
    • Toll free Information Line and information via email   
      1-877-723-0033 | 416-410-2250 | info@lymphontario.ca

    We also offer a membership which includes copies of Pathways, the quarterly Canadian national lymphedema magazine and our LAO newsletter, Lymphedema Matters.

    All revenues that support the Lymphedema Association of Ontario come from any proceeds made from membership fees, donations, an annual charity fundraiser, and advertising in our Pathways magazine newsletter insert, Lymphedema Matters

    The LAO is run by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated individuals working from their home.


    The purpose of the health information on the website of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO) is to inform and educate. This information does not replace the knowledge, expertise, skill and judgment of health care providers. It is not meant to be used for diagnosis or treatment. If you have medical questions or concerns about your own health, please consult a qualified health care provider. The LAO makes every effort to ensure that the health information on this website is correct and up-to-date, but cannot guarantee that it is error-free or complete.    

    Lymphedema Association of Ontario
    Mailing Address: 262-2869 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M8X 1B3 Canada
    1-877-723-0033 | 416-410-2250 | info@lymphontario.ca

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