Cording in forearm post Chemo

Hi, I was told in my last Chemo that my sore forearm (with obvious dips and bumpy lines) is cording from the EC injections. 
It’s still sore to touch nearly 8 weeks since my last dose in that arm and no amount of general massage is making any improvement. 
Any advice welcomed. 

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my arm looks very similar. The physio said it won’t change and that’s me now but if I have pain, I could massage it to help (it’s not sore at all). My oncologist said it will get better with time.

because I had axillary clearance on other side, I am restricted to what I can do on my right side, now with cording on my left, it took 15 attempts to get blood sample and doesn’t look pretty.

I’m reminding myself that at least I’m alive and at least there’s no pain.

I’ll be interested to see if anyone else has found ways to improve it.


Hi TamDrew 

Thanks for your post. 

The symptoms of cording and tenderness in your arm can occur after chemotherapy. It can be due to inflammation of the vein where the chemotherapy was administered (phlebitis) 

These symptoms may resolve over time, but sometimes they can be a permanent side effect of treatment as @LauraR has been told. If the soreness is not improving, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your treatment team if you haven’t done so already so that you can be assessed.  

It might also help to talk to your team about taking simple pain relief and ask about stretching exercises that may help to manage the discomfort. 

Your breast care nurse may be able to refer you for specialist physiotherapy to help with the discomfort. 

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