Lymphedema can occur any time after treatment, even years later.

Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Large number of nodes excised
  • Radiation to axilla

First line treatment is a compression garment; lymphatic massage therapy
may be helpful.

Patients are eligible through the Assistive Devices Program to receive

75% coverage for two garment sets every 4 months. The initial prescription
must be signed by a specialist
and subsequent renewals can be signed
by the family practitioner.

High risk patients should be screened by doing comparison measurements 10 cm above and below antecubital crease.
A difference of 2 cm or more should be referred for treatment.

London Regional Cancer Program has a weekly Lymphedema Clinic. Patients can be referred through
New Patient Referral.