Breast colour

Sorry…me again. I’m now 5 weeks past my 2nd operation which was a cavity shave and ALND. My affected breast is now bigger than the good one and it is a different colour. It’s not red or bruised or sore, just darker pigmentation and a bit blotchy. It’s around the cavity shave area not the underarm. Is this normal this long after op? Still a week until my post op results so I’m not likely to be seen any earlier. It’s now 4.5 months since my diagnosis. Thank you.

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Dear bluesatsuma,

Firstly please don’t apologise we are all around for you, also don’t sit worrying, my advice would be to call your breast cancer team this morning, if you feel uncomfortable about this the breast cancer nurses on this site are very caring and understanding, they will point you in the right direction.

Anxiety takes such a toll on us, a problem shared always helps.
Thinking of you, lots of luck for a good outcome.

Love Tili :pray::rainbow::pray::rainbow:

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Hello bluesatsuma,

Thanks for posting. Please don’t apologise, it’s natural to have ongoing questions. Do make use of the helpline if you wish, we usually find we can help more by talking things through.

It can take several weeks for the operated area to settle; it could be that this is post op swelling and bruising even though it might not look typically like bruising. As @Tili suggests, do give your treatment team a call. They can arrange to see you sooner if necessary or reassure you that you can wait until next week.

Alternatively, you could ask if the practice nurse at the GP practice can check it over for you.

A reminder of our number again 0808 800 6000. We are here today until 4pm. And here are the details for the services.

Best wishes


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