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Re: Lymphodema??

Hi Mandy


Thanks for posting.


Swelling in the breast from your surgery and radiotherapy may happen for many different reasons. Pain and discomfort are  common and swelling can happen after radiotherapy treatment. Although, these side effects would usually settle in the weeks and months after treatment has finished.


Lymphoedema can also develop after treatment with symptoms including swelling in the breast or chest wall on the side of the body where you had your surgery or radiotherapy.  However, it is not possible for us to say what may be causing this change. , As your symptoms are new,  we would encourage you to contact your breast care nurse, treatment team or GP to get it checked out.


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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I had a lumpectomy and one lymph node removed in Oct 2019 followed by 15 sessions of radiotherapy in Dec.

Yesterday my breast became swollen, warm to touch and uncomfortable.

Is this lymphodema and how can I ease the swelling/discomfort.

thank you