Changes in nipple area

I had two lumpectomies in December and January. I had DCIS which had become invasive but the area of invasion was 4mm. Lymph nodes were checked and cleared in the second op. 
I had radiotherapy ending 5th April

in the last few weeks my nipple has become increasingly sore and tender and feels solid and almost rubbery. I have very little skin sensation there. But it is tender inside and feels solid. 

im not sure if this is to be expected or is worrying 

Hi Dolly dreams 

Thank you for posting. It is natural to have questions following treatment.  

You mention that your nipple is feeling increasingly sore and tender since you completed radiotherapy at the beginning of April, and you also describe it as feeling rubbery and solid with little skin sensation. Radiotherapy affects everyone differently and some side effects can occur many weeks after treatment has finished. The breast tissue and nipple can feel firm after radiotherapy and altered sensation and tenderness is a common side effect. 

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