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Re: Lumpectomy

Hi Dollywood59

Thanks for posting.

It’s not possible for us to say for certain what’s causing the symptoms in your breast and if these are normal. Effects from radiotherapy treatment can last for months or years after treatment has finished. This includes a change in size of the breast and texture of the skin.

However, it’s important to get any changes checked out, and we encourage anyone who has had treatment for breast cancer  to remain breast aware. Being breast aware means getting to know what your breasts look and feel like normally (for you) since treatment.

As you have noticed this change it would be a good idea to make an appointment with your GP to have it checked. 

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

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Best wishes


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I had a lumpectomy  and radiotherapy 5 years ago. My right breast has shrunk in size and is quite  hard and is sore to touch. Is this normal?