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Did you know that there are an estimated one million Canadians living with Chronic Edema or lymphedema ? BC currently has no medical coverage for the management of this condition, nor does the province have any dedicated treatment facility. the one exception to this is for for breast cancer patients who receive  hospital treatment for 1 year post cancer and  may qualify for the provision of  two compression sleeves per year. There is no medical support or coverage for compression supplies for any other category of Lymphedema patient.


As many of you know, private therapists trained in manual lymph drainage (MLD) or complete decongestive therapy( CDT) are available for a fee for service.  However, many people with Lymphedema and chronic edema are unable to work at their original capacity due to the debilitating nature of the chronic disease. With limited income and no extended medical benefits, these people often cannot afford private treatment or compression garments.


BCLA has two significant goals:

One to provide education workshops  to teach  people "Risk Reduction " strategies to alleviate their condition. The first education day for Lymphedema and post cancer patients was held at BC Cancer Research center in  November 2018.

Future goals include  offering  Education Days across the province.

The first is planned for  Prince George Fall 2019 followed by Victoria, Kamloops & Kelowna in 2020 and beyond  ~ We will  need volunteers to come forward to help in arranging these events.

We want to take information to those with chronic edema, for whom mobility is restricted and who cannot travel to conferences in Vancouver.                                                                  


Donations are  essential  to support the costs of providing these education days.   If you know anyone who has Chronic Edema or Lymphedema, we hope that you will consider making a donation to the BC Lymphedema Association (BCLA) to enable us to meet our  goals.


Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • e-transfer to info@bclymph.
  • or drop a cheque in the mail to: PO Box 34527 Pemberton Plaza,  PO North Vancouver,  BC V7P1T0
  • or donate  on-line through Canada Helps.org . They provide a secure site, however they do deduct  a processing fee.

 

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