Tattoo advice please

Ive finished all my treatments , surgery and have been discharged by oncgy so apart from 6 monthly zolendronic acid infusion, taking calcium daily and Anastrozole Im now in ‘normal’ world!!

I finished blood thinners 2 months ago following 2 dvts in arm with PICC line so could you tell me if its ok to get a small tattoo? ( i have 4 already)


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Hi - I had a tattoo done a few months after finishing chemo & rads. I am also on zolendronic acid, calcium and letrozole. I asked the chemo nurse when I had a zolendronic acid infusion. They said all ok as the main concern would be when on chemo due to infection , slow healing etc. Tattoo place were ok as long as I wasn’t on any blood thinners. May be worth asking if there needs to be a certain amount of time after for the blood thinners to clear your system? Hope that helps x

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Hi Curlywurly1

Thank you for posting.

There is no consistent evidence about the risks of having a tattoo especially on the affected side after breast cancer treatment. It’s not clear from your post where you are considering having a tattoo. It is also not known if having a tattoo increases the risk of developing lymphoedema. However, as @Watcher72 says you may be more at risk of infection and healing following chemotherapy.

Our webpage has further information about decorative tattoos which you may find helpful.

As you have had two DVTs and been on blood thinners, you may want to contact your breast care nurse or treatment team for further advice.

We offer a range of free supportive services for anyone who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer which you may be interested in including the Moving Forward courses.

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