Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect

Lymphedema Garments

Compression sleeves and garments apply pressure to the arm, hand, or trunk to keep lymph moving in the right direction. Examples include:

  • a sleeve worn on the arm
  • a fingerless glove or a gauntlet (which does not have individual finger openings), often worn with a sleeve
  • a support bra for the chest area or a vest for the entire trunk area 

All of the garments are made of flexible fabric. Sleeves are tighter at the bottom than they are at the top. This helps create the graded (or “gradient”) pressure that keeps the lymph moving out of the arm. In addition, there is a variety of fabrics available: Some feel softer, others stiffer, and some may include materials such as wool or latex.

Lymphedema Compression Garments are covered by provincial health benefits through the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living Program (SAIL) which covers the cost of compression garments for clients who have serious conditions that require moderate to high pressure (20 mmHg or higher) that cannot be managed by other means such as elevation or medication and would become more severe without compression, including chronic lymphedema.

To qualify, breast cancer patients must have the garment requisitioned by an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist.

Qualified patients are eligible for two garments at a time plus one night-time garment. Initial orders of custom garments must be for one garment only. If that garment meets the client’s needs, an additional garment may be ordered. Benefit garments include socks, hose, gloves, adjustable non-elastic garments, arm sleeves and bandaging/wrapping supplies used for lymphatic drainage.

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Sources for Information

  • SAIL program

    Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) provides assistance to people with physical disabilities to live a more active and independent lifestyle. It also helps people in the management of certain chronic health conditions.

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    Lymphedema Association of Saskatchewan Inc

    LAS recognized the need to help those who have or are at risk of developing lymphedema and related lymphatic disorders. LAS strives to be a learning association, committed to ongoing education. 

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  • Canadian Bandage Shop

    • Unit 5 - 1380 23rd Avenue
      Regina, SK S4S 3S5

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    • Phone (306) 757-7173

    • Fax 306.347.0092

    • E-mail canadianbandageshop@sasktel.net

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    Saskatoon Massage Therapy Supply

    • 201-611 9th St. East,
      Saskatoon, SK

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    • Phone 306-382-4673

    • Toll Free 1-866-478-4998

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  • Red Lotus

    • #170 – 3020 Preston Ave
      Stonebridge Centre
      Saskatoon, SK

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    • Phone 306-954-1113

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