Managing Your Lymphedema

On Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program in Garden City will host medical professionals from different disciplines who will speak about the best ways to manage lymphedema, a side effect from breast cancer surgeries that results in localized fluid retention and tissue swelling.

The incidence of breast cancer–related lymphedema ranges from 0 to 3 percent after lumpectomy alone to as high as 65 to 70 percent after modified radical mastectomy (removal of breast and axillary lymph nodes) with regional nodal radiation. It can be painful and tissues with lymphedema are at high risk of infection. Although incurable, a number of treatments can ameliorate symptoms.

The speakers are Thomas Davenport, MD, FACS, LI Plastic Surgical Group; Michele Hughes, OTR/L, occupational therapist, Pink Lotus Therapy; Diana Tjaden, physical therapist, PT, DPT, ATC, Full Circle Physical Therapy, Breast Cancer Recovery Program; and Diane Rispanti, LANA, LMT, CLT, massage therapist, Westbury Total Health Care.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Adelphi’s Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 516-877-4325, email or register online at

The Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer is sponsoring the 2017 forums. The forum can be watched live on Facebook: and posted the next day on YouTube:

To reach the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline and speak with a breast cancer survivor, call 800-877-8077.

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Lyn Dobrin
Lyn Dobrin is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in food and travel features.

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