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Effects of cancer on the rest of the body


Re: Effects of cancer on the rest of the body

Hi Cabransa


Thanks for posting.


The symptoms you are describing don’t sound as though they would be linked specifically to breast cancer itself.


Surgery for any type of breast cancer can have some side effects.  However, these will depend on how long ago the surgery took place.  The symptoms you mention are not commonly seen following the surgery you have had. 


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Effects of cancer on the rest of the body


I’m just wondering......

I had a lumpectomy for PCLIS (which my surgeon said was definitely cancer) and, fortunately, everything was cleared without the need for further treatment - an unexpected surprise, as I was told to expect radiotherapy.


However, since the operation, I have been thrust back into quite dramatic hot flushes at times, I have sore, red skin on the backs of my hands and I get a fair amount of aching in my upper arm.


Can cancer have side effects even if radiotherapy, chemotherapy nor drug treatment are needed?