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MLD plays a vital part in managing lymphedema. Dealing with lymphedema after
treatment for cancer can seem daunting. Knowledge can free you from unnecessary
anxiety by providing clear guidelines for therapy and practical instruction in approaches to ongoing self-care. The more you know about therapies to manage lymphedema, the better your outcomes will be.

MLD uses a precise manual therapy technique to help move fluid away from swollen, congested areas and toward healthy lymph nodes. It is gentle, relaxing, and supportive of the whole lymphatic system.

Combined with properly fitted compression garments, exercise, and skincare, MLD is a cornerstone of any lymphedema management plan.

Signs and symptoms of lymphedema
Surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation scaring, injury, and infection can cause lymph to accumulate in the tissues rather than move along fluid pathways. Depending on the site of the surgery or radiation, swelling may occur in the leg, trunk, face, or abdomen. This kind of edema- lymph edema- may show up as:
•   Swelling
•   Pain or discomfort
•   Tight skin
•   Heaviness
•   Tiredness
•   Weakness
•   Reduced range of motion
•   Hardening of the tissue

If left untreated, Lymphedema can lead to tissue damage and increased risk of infection.

Meet our Therapists

Independent contractors, licensed and experienced working with cancer patients

Justine Robbins

With over 20 years experience, Justine specializes in lymphedema treatment and education. Justine also teaches specific exercises to help keep lymph flowing healthfully. As a passionate educator, she is a frequent speaker at cancer support groups, oncology seminars, and patient education events.

To schedule an appointment, please call
520-877-9038 for NW Location
520-324-2840 for East Location

Justine Robbins, M.Ed. LMT, Certrified Lymphedema Therapist
East and Northwest Resource Center
Bethany Kraus

Bethany has 13 years experience in massage and for the last 8 years has focused her lymphatic work on helping cancer patients understand and manage their lymphedema. Bethany feels privileged to provide her services to cancer survivors and their families/caregivers at Arizona Oncology Foundation.

To schedule an appointment, please call Bethany directly at 520-261-8757

Bethany Kraus, LMT, CLT
East and Northwest Resource Center

Note: Practitioners and program leaders are independent contractors

Resource Center
Tucson (East)

2625 N. Craycroft Rd.
Ste: 215
Tucson, AZ 85712

Resource Center
Tucson (Northwest)

2070 W. Rudasill Rd.
Ste: 100
Tucson, AZ 85704

Services available
Green Valley

1315 S. La Canada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622

Services available in
Phoenix and Northern Arizona

Please call (520)870-6060

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