• Lymphedema is a chronic disease caused by a buildup of lymph fluid. This happens when the lymphatic system is either faulty or damaged and cannot function as normal. It leads to chronic (long-lasting) swelling, most often in the arm or leg.
• Primary lymphedema occurs when a person is born with a faulty lymph system.
• Secondary lymphedema occurs when the lymph system is damaged by surgery, radiation treatment, or severe injury (e.g., burn or skin infection)..
• Impacts quality of life (e.g., loss of function in affected limb, negative body image, inability to work, chronic wounds, skin infections).
• Affects men, women, and children!
• 120 million affected worldwide. Over 1 million in Canada. More than 15,000 in NL!
• Lymphedema is chronic but manageable!
• There is no cure!
• Treatment includes:
o Self care (weight control, exercise, well balanced diet, skin care, self massage)
o Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) by a certified lymphedema therapist
o Compression Garments
o Education for patients/families and health care providers – Knowledge is Power
• Support/Access to Resources include
o Lymphedema Association of NL/Lymphie Connections (support group)
o Canadian Lymphedema Framework
o Pathways Magazine
o International Lymphedema Framework
Contact information for Lymphedema Association of Newfoundland and Labrador:
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LANL’s mission is to support people living with lymphedema.
Please note we are not able to provide medical advice.
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