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Alberta Lymphedema Association

The Alberta Lymphedema Association (ALA) is a 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.

Members of the association are from all walks of life and have had lymphedema touch them all in different ways. Our team consists of patients, doctors, nurses, lawyers, therapists, garment fitters and family members. We are dedicated to providing resources and information, promoting education, increasing awareness, and offering support to those affected with or at risk of primary or secondary lymphedema, their families, health care professionals and the general public.

One of ours goals is to inform patients and the medical community about Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to manage lymphedema and improve the patientÂ’s quality of life. Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression therapy, remedial exercises and meticulous skin care.

Our primary priorities will be to create and distribute a list of Alberta therapists certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Proof of certification will be obtained prior to inclusion on this list. A list of persons possessing special knowledge, training and expertise in Lymphedema will be developed and maintained.

Plans include distribution of informational brochures and newsletters to the medical community and general public containing information about prevention, importance of early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment for Lymphedema, to aid patients and health care professionals in making informed decisions. Medical updates, new treatments, and research information will be included in the newsletter.

Please become a member of ALA and join our dedicated team as we demonstrate our commitment to people at risk or living with primary or secondary lymphedema.

Alberta Lymphedema Association
55 Brookpark Crescent SW, Calgary, Alberta T2W 2W6
Tel: (403) 281-9205   Fax: (403) 280-9467

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