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The Lymphedema Support Center of the QBCF

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The Lymphedema Support Center of the QBCF
Year(s)
2012-2015
Invested Amount
$1,500,000

Project

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Facilitate access to top-level services for anyone suffering from lymphedema.

Description

The contribution made by the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation makes it possible to extend access to care to a greater number of women with lymphedema. The Lymphedema Support Centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation has been open since February 1, 2015. Anyone being treated for breast cancer who is at risk of developing lymphedema, or who has lymphedema may obtain a doctor’s referral to the Lymphedema Support Centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation for further assistance and to obtain more information.

Lymphedema is a swelling of body tissue due to abnormal buildup of fluid in a part of the body. Although its origin remains a mystery, 20 to 25% of women diagnosed with breast cancer get lymphedema. Chronic lymphedema is characterized by the painful swelling, usually of an arm or a leg, caused by the inability of the lymphatic system to adequately drain the fluids and proteins from subcutaneous tissues to deeper tissues. The swelling may cause the patient to feel a stiffness or heaviness in the arm, as well as pain. If not treated promptly, the loss of mobility in the limb could also lead to disability and psychological distress in the patient.

To learn more: cusm.ca/cancer