Abreast & The Rest – Women’s Breast Gynecologic Cancer Newsletter LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A quarterly newsletter produced by the BC / Yukon Women's Cancer Alliance to provide current and accurate information. Works collectively with their partners to ensure resources & services are accessible to those living with breast and gynecological cancers, their families, and supporters.


ACLN – Atlantic Clinical Lymphedema Network LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Atlantic Clinical Lymphedema Network (ACLN) is an inter-provincial network of skilled clinicians from the four Atlantic provinces who are committed to the exploration and implementation of best practice and effective service delivery in education and management of lymphedema and related conditions.  A truly inter-professional network, the members are Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Massage Therapists who educate and treat people who suffer from chronic swelling conditions. 


ALA – Alberta Lymphedema Association LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Alberta Lymphedema Association (ALA) is a not for profit charitable organization founded in 2003 by a team of people who recognized the need to help people living with, or at risk of, Lymphedema. A learning association committed to ongoing education of its stakeholders, ALA works to make a difference and empower affected individuals and their families to help manage this condition. ALA works from the patient standpoint.


AQL/LAQ - Assn Québécoise du Lymphoedème/Lymphedema Assn of Québec LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Lymphedema Association of Quebec is a charitable organization founded in 1999 to provide education, awareness, and support to those with lymphedema, and to encourage research leading to effective treatments and eventually a cure. (Text is available in English and French)


BCLA – BC Lymphedema Association LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The BC Lymphedema Association (BCLA) has been created for the purpose of promoting a greater public understanding of Lymphedema. The BCLA is dedicated to providing information for patients and their families, caregivers, medical practitioners and the public. The BCLA provides encouragement and support to patients, educating and informing them of treatment options available to manage their condition. 



BreastCancer.Org – Discussion Boards/Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.  Very active discussion board community.


Canadian Lymphedema Framework  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg



The CLF is an academic and patient stakeholder collaboration which is part of an international initiative aiming to promote research, best practice guidelines and lymphedema clinical development, worldwide.  The mission of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework is to work to improve the management of lymphedema and related disorders in Canada. – Lymphedema Support Group Online LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A place for all, but specifically for Canadians living with or at risk for lymphedema to gather, share experiences and information and support one another. also offers great resources and forums in both English and French in support of all Canadians fighting cancer.


Caring Voices LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Caring Voices is an online community for cancer survivors. Use this site to access current resources, learn about upcoming survivorship events, take part in chats and discussions and meet other survivors.


CAET – Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The CAET acts in the public interest for Canadian Enterostomal Therapy Nurses to give national leadership in wound, ostomy and continence nursing promoting high standards for ET nursing practice, education, research and administration to achieve quality specialized nursing care.


CAWC – Canadian Association of Wound Care  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A non-profit organisation of healthcare professionals, researchers, corporate supporters, patients and caregivers dedicated to the advancement of wound care in Canada. 


CBCN Canadian Breast Cancer Network  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is a survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals. CBCN is a national link between all groups and individuals concerned about breast cancer, and represents the concerns of all Canadians affected by breast cancer and those at risk.


Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Breast cancer is not only a health challenge; it is often an economic crisis. The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund is dedicated to providing financial support to breast cancer patients


CORD Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


CORD is Canada's national network for organizations representing all those with rare disorders. CORD provides a strong common voice to advocate for health policy and a healthcare system that works for those with rare disorders. CORD works with governments, researchers, clinicians and industry to promote research, diagnosis, treatment and services for all rare disorders in Canada.


Dercum’s Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa) Support Group


An online community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Dercum's Disease, together.  Dercum disease - also known as Adiposis Dolorosa, Anders' syndrome and Dercum-Vitaut syndrome - is a rare condition that is characterized by multiple, painful fatty lipomas (benign, fatty tumors). Learn more about Dercum’s:  click here  and  click here  and  click here 


FDRS – Fat Disorders Research Society


The Fat Disorders Research Society, Inc. exists to raise funds to promote research, increase public awareness, and provide information and resources for individuals with fat disorders and/or their caregivers.  Dercum’s Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa), Madelung’s Disease, Lipedema and Familial Multiple Lipomatosis or Angiolipomatosis are names of some of these fat disorders.


Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis


The mission of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis is to bring together a diverse group of public-private health partners to support the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis by mobilising political, financial and technical resources to ensure success.


Inspire Health  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Located in Vancouver, InspireHealth is an integrated cancer care centre, leading the way through research and innovative cancer care programs integrated with conventional cancer treatment.


International Society of Lymphology (ISL)


Advance and disseminate knowledge in the field of lymphology and allied topics


Klippel Trenaunay Support Group


This group welcomes patients and their families as members and provide information about the group and about Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.  We provide families, adults with K-T, and professionals with links to information and opportunities to learn from each other.


Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) – Canada Chapter  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Lymphatic Research and Education Network, founded originally in the U.S. in 1998, dedicates its resources to the advancement of lymphedema-related education, research and patient advocacy. In recent years, LE&RN has developed a strong media presence with the partnership and support of celebrity spokesperson, academy award-winning actress, Ms. Kathy Bates; and has also made great progress in the U.S. in securing ongoing Congressional support for the ‘Lymphedema Treatment Act,’ introduced to the U.S. congress in January 2014, and in securing the support of the NIH (National Institute of Health) for lymphedema research. In May of 2016 the Canada Chapter was established, adding a uniquely Canadian perspective and joining the mission to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy.   


LANA – Lymphology Association of North America


The Lymphology Association of North America. Search for LANA certified therapists in your area.


LAM – Lymphedema Association of Manitoba LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The mission of the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba is the pursuit of resources, information, education, awareness and support to those affected with or at risk of primary or secondary lymphedema; their families, health care professionals and the general public.  


LANL – Lymphedema Association of Newfoundland and Labrador LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Lymphedema Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (LANL) became a reality in December, 2014. LANL was the vision of a dedicated group of medical professionals involved with lymphedema patients along with lymphedema patients and their advocates. This group has been supporting the lymphedema community for years on a volunteer basis, without a formal base and using their connections and resources to make the group a success.  With provincial incorporation completed, LANL has made its application for status as a registered charity.


LANS – Lymphedema Association of Nova Scotia LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Formed in the fall of 2017, The Lymphedema Association of Nova Scotia is a not for profit organization that focuses on promoting lymphedema awareness and offering support to Nova Scotians with lymphedema.


LAO – Lymphedema Association of Ontario LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Lymphedema Association of Ontario was founded by a small group of lymphedema patients and their families in 1996.  Originally intended as a support group for patients, it has grown to provide core programs and services to lymphedema patients, those at risk for lymphedema, lymphedema treatment professionals and other health care providers.


LAS – Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan (LAS) is a non- profit organization founded in 2004 by a group of people who recognised the need to help those who have or are at risk of developing lymphedema and related lymphatic disorders. We strive to be a learning association, committed to ongoing education. SLLA works to empower affected individuals and their families to successfully manage these conditions.


Laughing Lymphercise LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Website of Rosemary Kelly, LY, LLT/T – a Laughter Yoga leader and a Certified Laughing Lymphercise instructor and trainer based in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.


Lipedema, Dercum’s, Madelung’s – Dr. Karen L. Herbst, PhD, MD


A very informative website by Dr. Karen Herbst, a San Diego endocrinologist studying and specializing in fat disorders.  Be sure to take a moment to watch the breathing videos. Site has an excellent set of links to further information, including the Tilly Smidt lipedema site, HERE


Lymph Notes


Lymphnotes is an excellent source of information and support for people living with lymphedema. This site also provides a forum to communicate with others living with lymphedema.


Lymphovenous Canada  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


For people living with lymphedema in Canada. This site is a great source of information on lymphedema and cancer treatment in Canada and its provinces, as well as related news and information from around the world.


Lymphedema People


An informative website for people with lymphedema, made by people with lymphedema.

This site also has a forum to communicate with other people living with lymphedema.


Male Breast LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


This website site is designed to provide Male Breast Cancer (MBC) patients, survivors and their loved ones with access to information on male breast cancer, to provide a forum to share individual stories, and to provide one on one support from other male breast cancer survivors.


McGill Lymphedema Research Project LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A Canadian, university-based research project under the guidance of Dr. Anna Towers involving Dr. Vodder school-certified therapists.


Melanoma Network of Canada LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A national, patient-led organization whose mission is to provide melanoma patients and their caregivers with current and accurate information and services in the fight against melanoma. Through the MNC network they provide funding for awareness, education, advocacy and research. 


NLA – National Lipedema Association (United States)


A voluntary, rare disease organization founded in 2004. Lipedema involves an excessive accumulation of subcutaneous fat, primarily from the waist to a distinct line just above the ankles, although it can also involve the arms and abdomen. The disease can be inherited and affects women almost exclusively. The fat presents in a typical pattern that is bilateral and symmetrical. The disease often is confused with obesity, but lipedemic fat generally is not mobilized by diet and exercise, and lipedema can appear in women of all sizes, including women who are anorexic. Although it can be diagnosed as early as age two, it usually presents first at puberty and often becomes worse during pregnancy and at menopause. Lipedema can be a factor in causing secondary lymphedema, an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, usually in the arms and/or legs. The NLA's mission is to educate medical providers and patients about lipedema, and to promote research that benefits lipedema patients. NLA offers patient and professional education, patient advocacy, and networking.


NLN - National Lymphedema Network (United States)


An internationally recognized, non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.   


NALEA – North American Lymphedema Education Association


The North American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA) is specifically organized around training standards for lymphedema therapists. NALEA member schools share the unified goal of setting and maintaining the highest standards of lymphedema education in North America.


NEFCA – Nurses Entrepreneurial Footcare Association of Canada LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


The purpose of this website is to provide a framework of practical and moral support for qualified entrepreneurial foot care nurses who continue to lobby for change within the health care system.

You can use the Find a Foot Nurse link to search for a nurse by city. You can also read about foot anatomy and different types of foot problems by exploring the links on the side navigation panel.


Ovarian Cancer Canada LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to overcome ovarian cancer, providing leadership by:  (1) Supporting women living with the disease and their families; (2) Raising awareness in the general public and with health care professionals; (3) Funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatment and, ultimately, a cure


Sharing Strength LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A Canadian online resource and community for women with breast cancer. Site features information to help visitors find trusted organizations, quality resources and peer support.


Step-Up, Speak Out (SU-SO)


The StepUp-SpeakOut.Org website grew out of the "Lymphedema after Surgery" discussion board at It is their mission to insure that all women and men undergoing breast cancer surgery are fully informed about the risks of lymphedema, the warning signs of lymphedema, and the appropriate risk reduction practices that should be taken to possibly prevent lymphedema, and to have it properly diagnosed and treated it in its early, reversible stages.  And that no breast cancer survivor has a "missed diagnosis" or lack of information of risk reductions, and has their lymphedema turn into Stage 2 or 3.


Turner Syndrome Society of Canada  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


A non-profit charitable organization was founded in 1981 by an individual with TS who wanted to share experiences and information. It provides support services for individuals with TS and their families and disseminates up-to-date medical information to families, physicians and the general public.


Vascular Disease Foundation (United States)


Established in 1998 the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is the only multidisciplinary national public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on vascular diseases with the sole purpose of providing public education and improving awareness about vascular diseases. The mission of the VDF is:

To improve health for all by reducing death and disability from vascular disease.


Wellspring  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Wellspring is a network of community-based cancer support centres that provide support, education and coping skills, at no charge, to individuals and families


WAWLC – World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care


The mission of WAWLC is to work in partnership with communities worldwide to advance sustainable prevention and care of wounds and lymphoedema in settings with limited resources.





The Lymphatic System


A short, readable primer on the function and disorders of the lymphatic system.


Lymphedema: What Every Woman with Breast Cancer Should Know


Written specifically for women who have been treated for breast cancer. 

Explains lymphedema,   how to lower your risk of developing lymphedema and treatment.


Understanding Lymphedema (For Cancers Other Than Breast Cancer)


An overview of lymphedema that explains what the lymph system is, symptoms and prevention of lymphedema.





Dr. Vodder School International   LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


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“We provide the highest standard of training with empathic and knowledgeable instructors, trained to teach the refined hands-on techniques that achieve great results.”


Integrated Lymph Drainage / Toronto Lymphocare  LDL_Maple_Leaf.jpg


Click here to open a therapist directory.


“Integrated Lymph Drainage (ILD) is a precise technique designed to accelerate the normal functioning of the lymph vessel system. It is a gentle, rhythmic, hands-on technique that will enable the therapist to work holistically and to achieve surprising results with their clients.”


Klose Training & Consulting – Lymphedema Therapy Certification Courses


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“The highest quality Lymphedema Certification and Continuing Education courses in the U.S. and abroad. Long-standing CE provider for physical, occupational and massage therapists.”




Check your Provincial Lymphedema Association website for additional lists of Canadian lymphedema therapists and hospital-based treatment programs. Links above.







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