Post Rads Cellulitis

Hi, I posted on Post Rads Cellulitis but my post has now been closed.
I attended the Breast Clinic and the Consultant surgeon said it wasn’t Cellulitis so I had a mammogram, and an ultrasound it showed I have a thickening on one of my lymph nodes? So had two biopsies taken, Went back in to see Consultant and he feels the swelling and such is from post Radiotherapy
He reassured me that my tumor was quite small and the sentinel node that was removed was negative, so its a two week wait now for my results my boob is still painful and huge so I am not sure what treatment will be available or something I have to live with? Let you know in two weeks time.

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It could be lymphodemia. I had radiotherapy and within a few weeks suffered a similar problem. Breast nurses said it was to early to tell after my radiotherapy. I waited a few more weeks and phoned them again only to be told the same thing. Had to see my own doctor about another problem then asked them to take a look at my left breast because it was so uncomfortable. They said it looked like cellulitis suggested antibiotics but to phone breast care nurse first to keep them informed. Breast Care nurse said go ahead with the antibiotics but asked to see me two days later when they confirmed lymphodemia.

Hope this helps, I had two lymp nodes removed, lumpsectomy followed by radiotherapy.

Hopefully it should go down - you could ask to be referred to the Lymphoedema Nurse and / or Physio for treatment / massage advice . Mine went down on its own but if it had not they were going to refer me to the Lymphoedema Nurse . At my BC support group one lady was seeing a massage therapist privately but the therapist was communicating with the Breast Care team and age was getting a lot of benefit / improvement for a swollen lumpy breast for this treatment .

Fingers crossed for your results and sorry that you’re playing the waiting game .


Hi Chico

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It can be difficult waiting for biopsy results. However, it’s encouraging your consultant has reassured you that the area of breast cancer was small, and the lymph nodes were negative. It sounds like the swelling is most likely to be due to the radiotherapy side effects.

Side effects of radiotherapy, including swelling, can continue for a few weeks after radiotherapy has finished after which it usually settles. However, if it continues after this time, talk to your treatment team as you may need to be seen and assessed by a lymphoedema specialist, as suggested by @Mary_1 and @JoanneN.

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