Tender & bruised on mastectomy side, 6 years post surgery


My primary mastectomy side has become very tender to touch and looks like a red rash or bruise above scar, closer to clavicle, possibly swollen. I usually have pain/discomfort, but this is different. I’m 6 years post surgery and no longer getting reviews, on tamoxifen for 6 years, at least another 4 to go. 

Wondering if I should contact bcn? 

Good morning Knitwit,

So so sorry you’re feeling uncomfortable at the moment, I feel if this was me I would contact my GP or your Breast Cancer Nurse this could be an infection  I think you should get checked out feel to put your mind at rest.

Wishing you well going forward, come back to the forum and let us know how your getting on.

big hugs Tili ???

Hi Knitwit_ni 

Thanks for posting.  

There could be different reasons for the symptoms you describe, and it is possible to develop problems such an infection or a haematoma, years after having a mastectomy.  

As @Tili suggests, it would be best to contact your breast care nurse or treatment team to discuss the symptoms you have. Alternatively, you can contact your GP. The GP can assess your symptoms and refer you back to the breast team if they would like further advice.  

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