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Monday, November 6, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.


Alumni House
Adelphi University
154 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Also available via Facebook Live

Managing Your Lymphedema

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program in Garden City presents medical professionals from different disciplines who will speak about the best ways to manage lymphedema.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema, a side effect from breast cancer surgeries, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling. The incidence of breast cancer–related lymphedema ranges from 0 to 3% after lumpectomy alone to as high as 65% to 70% 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.


Thomas Davenport, MD, FACS
LI Plastic Surgical Group

Dr. Thomas Davenport has been a partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iona College and his MD degree from Yale University. He completed both his residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Plastic Surgery in the Harvard University Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Davenport pursued specialty training in Cancer Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery as a fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and was awarded the prestigious Webster Fellowship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He completed his training during an additional fellowship in burn and accident reconstruction with Harvard University at the Shriner Burn Hospital for Children.

Dr. Davenport is actively involved in medical volunteerism and has traveled to perform
reconstructive surgery and lecture on plastic surgery in numerous developing countries such as the Philippines, Peru, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Brazil. Dr. Davenport continues his philanthropic work as a board member and chairman of the Surgery Committee for Resurge International.

While Dr. Davenport has expertise in the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, he specializes in treating complex wound problems, including wound care and burn reconstruction. Dr. Davenport is the Director of Microsurgery and the Director of Surgical Wound Care at Winthrop-University Hospital. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters and lectured nationally and internationally on various aspects of plastic surgery.

Michele Hughes, OTR/L
Pink Lotus Therapy P.C.

Michele earned her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1997.  She became a CPC – certified professional coach in 2015. Michele’s clinical background includes, but is not limited to, people who have orthopedic, neurological, cardiac and pulmonary diagnoses. During her 20+ years of clinical experience she has held both managerial and direct treatment positions. Michele was presented with the peer-nominated ESPRIT award from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.  Throughout her career she has treated many women post mastectomy, both in the hospital and at home. After her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 Michele began her private practice, Pink Lotus Therapy, to assist those who are about to undergo or are recovering from breast surgery. She is also a certified instructor for the Pink Ribbon Program, a post-mastectomy exercise program.

My approach to treating lymphedema is to provide pre and post-surgical education regarding risk reducing strategies. 

Diana Tjaden, PT, DPT
Founder & Director of Full Circle Physical Therapy P.C.

Diana Tjaden received her baccalaureate degree in exercise science and athletic training from the University of Georgia in 1996. She worked as the head athletic trainer for the Lynbrook School District on Long Island from 1996-2000. She enrolled at Stony Brook University, earning a clinical doctorate in
physical therapy in 2003. Her physical therapy career began in a manual therapy setting that specialized in the comprehensive treatment of orthopedic, sports, neurological, and women’s health-related conditions. During that time she was an adjunct professor for the Stony Brook University physical therapy program. While working at Stony Brook, she was afforded the opportunity to present her first lecture on breast cancer recovery and rehabilitation.

Diana’s passion for oncology rehabilitation began in 2000 with the cancer diagnosis and then passing of her father. It was during that time that she began to understand the strong impact physical therapists can have when caring for this population. In 2003 Diana treated her first patient who was recovering from breast cancer. Her quest for knowledge in this area led her to several continuing education courses. In October of 2009 Diana developed Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program. This comprehensive, individualized program is geared towards every phase of breast cancer recovery. Among its goals are educating women with breast cancer on ways to regain control over their lives and giving them the tools they need to return to their prior level of function and reach new fitness goals. This is the only practice on Long Island that specializes exclusively in breast cancer recovery. In August of 2015 Diana’s dream came true. Full Circle met a milestone and celebrated its grand opening in a brand new location in Garden City, New York.

Diana understands that recovery from breast cancer involves taking a holistic approach to treat the whole person. Five new programs were launched in the fall of 2016 at Full Circle, making the practice more comprehensive and providing the added convenience of having these services in one location. The programs include post rehabilitation strength training, the pink ribbon program Pilates-based exercise, medical and oncology massage therapy, a support
group and ongoing nutritional seminars.

Full Circle Physical Therapy
Owning a practice that specializes exclusively in breast cancer recovery, we focus on the musculoskeletal aspect and the way it influences the lymphatic system. That means that we address impairments such as loss of ROM, tissue mobility, and strength that directly impact the way the lymphatic system functions. We do this by educating patients about signs and symptoms of lymphedema, manually restoring ROM and tissue mobility and putting the patient on a progressive strengthening program. The goal is to build up the endurance of the lymphatic system. When all of these aspects are in place, literature states that the risk will be reduced.

Diane Raspanti, LANA, CLT LMT,
Westbury Total Health Care

Diane Raspanti, is a certified lymphedema therapist at Westbury Total Health Care who has been treating patients with complex Lymphedema cases for the past 23 years. She received her certification in the Vodder Technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in 1994, and became certified by LANA (Lymphatic Association of North America) in 2001. Diane has been able to master her craft in all of the components of MLD, including post graduate training courses in compression bandaging, Kinesio taping and various treatment options for affected areas such as the breast, abdomen, arms, legs, head/neck and genital lymphedema.

Diane continues to raise lymphedema awareness to support groups, medical facilities and their staff providing information on various forms of treatment that are available for patient’s affected by lymphedema.


All forums are free and open to the public.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required.

If you are unable to attend our forum, it will be on Facebook Live from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

A video of the event will also be available on our YouTube channel.

» Register online for the forum

The Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer is sponsoring the 2017 forums.



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For further information, please contact:

Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
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Support Hotline: 800.877.8077