lymph sched websiteLymphedema is a condition that some breast cancer patients and survivors develop after treatment. It is caused by damage to the lymphatic system during breast cancer treatment.

If you have been treated for breast cancer you may be at risk of developing lymphedema which causes swelling of the chest, arm or hand. The swelling may be accompanied by numbness, discomfort, and sometimes by infection.

Lymphedema is not life-threatening but it can occur immediately after surgery or months, even years, after cancer treatment. Early intervention can lessen its impact.

Download your copy of our Risk Reduction Handout for more information! This handout is copyrighted by Haley Rehab and cannot be distributed without their permission by any businesses, organizations, etc.



Workshop – Breast Cancer Surgery & Lymphedema: Are YOU at Risk?

At Breast Cancer Action, we understand that breast cancer surgery can leave you feeling vulnerable for developing lymphedema. As a result, we deliver free interactive and information workshops  to help you learn:

    • The facts about lymphedema
    • How to effectively and accurately self-monitor
    • Important lifestyle recommendations
    • When (and where) to go for help
    • Exercises to delay the onset or to manage lymphedema
    • Free Measurement Workshop following the presentation

To register for a session, please contact Breast Cancer Action today. 613 736 5921 or

Workshops are presented by a certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist from Haley Rehab at The Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Dr. *Free Limb Measurements are scheduled following the presentation*

Alert Bracelets

The purpose of the Lymphedema Alert Bracelet is to help breast cancer survivors remind themselves about the risks of developing or aggravating lymphedema and to remind health care providers of the the need to be especially careful.

Breast cancer patients and survivors should avoid receiving any kind of treatment to their affected arm(s) that could trigger the onset of lymphedema or worsen an existing case. Such treatments include: taking blood pressure, having injections, blood draws, and chemotherapy. Similarly, diabetic testing should be confined to the non-affected hand or to another unaffected limb.

Your Lymphedema Alert Bracelets are made of Tyvek, a light, non-stretch, non-allergenic, single-use, peel-off adhesive that is acceptable for wear in hospital operating rooms. Fold your orange bracelet around your medical or hospital card and use it to help you speak to your health care provider or put one on your affected arm to speak for you while under anesthetic.

Contact Breast Cancer Action, Ottawa, for more information about receiving a bracelet, 613-736-5921 or

Lymphedema: Take Control Project (2007-2009)

Breast Cancer Action (Ottawa) has been working for many years to raise awareness about secondary lymphedema related to breast cancer. The LYMPHEDEMA: Take Control project is part of an effort to empower breast cancer survivors with information and proactive risk reduction strategies. This community-based health promotion project (2007-2009) was funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region to raise awareness about lymphedema secondary to breast cancer and the value of exercise to its risk reduction and management.

Lymphedema: Take Control project empowers women with and beyond breast cancer by providing clear, evidence-based information to reduce the fear of secondary lymphedema. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region is proud to have funded this important initiative that is making a real difference for women with breast cancer.”




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