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Calgary Ambulatory Lymphedema Service

Provide assessment and treatment services for people with primary or secondary lymphedema (not related to cancer).

The Calgary Ambulatory Lymphedema Service (CALS) provides assessment and treatment for people with primary or secondary (non-cancer related) lymphedema to reduce and maintain edema and promote self-management of lymphedema. CALS is a non-urgent program.

Service may include:

  • group education session
  • comprehensive assessment
  • skin care treatment
  • compression bandaging
  • exercise prescription
  • teaching on self-management (bandaging / manual lymphedema drainage)
  • fitting for compression garments
  • completion of Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) authorization for day-time compression garments
  • education to promote self-management of lymphedema at home

Service Providers May Include
occupational therapists (OTs), therapy assistants

For people 16 years of age and older, with primary or secondary lymphedema not related to cancer.

For cancer-related lymphedema, call Rehabilitation Oncology program at 403-698-8169.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


CALS services are funded by Alberta Health Services.

Clients are responsible for costs associated with compression garments that are not covered under the Alberta Health – Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program. Please visit the AADL website for details.

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