MUHC Lymphedema Program

For the hundreds of courageous people in our community who have survived or are still battling the ravages of breast, melanoma, uterine, prostate, or ovarian cancer, lymphedema is a horrible consolation prize. The McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Lymphedema Program provides comprehensive information, as well as specialized support and rehabilitation services for those suffering from this debilitating condition.

Dr. Anna Towers

Director of the MUHC’s Lymphedema Program, MUHC

The Challenge

Lymphedema is a condition brought on by a compromised lymphatic system, common in patients who have undergone surgery, the removal of lymph nodes, or radiation therapy for the treatment of various cancers. It causes severe fluid retention and tissue swelling in any part of the body: the arms and shoulders, legs, trunk or abdomen, and there is no cure or drug treatment for this chronic and progressive condition. For more than 80,000 Quebecers, this condition is a painful and debilitating daily reality and the psycho-social effects of this disfiguring condition, including depression and anxiety, often have a profound impact on those afflicted.

The Solution

The MUHC’s Lymphedema program is the only specialized medical service for lymphedema care in Quebec, and it is internationally recognized for its clinical, educational and research leadership. The program offers consultation, prevention, rehabilitation as well as education services, which are critical in facilitating the self-management of the condition.

The MUHC is truly setting the standard of care for cancer patients with lymphedema in Canada and around the world. To ensure that it remains at the forefront of helping patients with this debilitating condition, it must:

  • Increase the number of patients being seen at the MUHC’s two lymphedema clinics
  • Decrease wait times for one-on-one consultations – currently the program has a five to six month waiting list
  • Increase the number of clinical trials available to lymphedema patients with extremely complex and severe cases
  • Provide more educational workshops to nurses, physiotherapists and lymphedema therapists across Quebec and North America – increasing the number of specialists able to treat the condition

How you can help

We are raising $300,000 to help support the MUHC’s Lymphedema Program.

For more information, please contact Elise Monaghan Joubert, Director of Development, 514-934-1934, ext. 35427,

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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