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Pain following lumpectomy four months ago


Re: Pain following lumpectomy four months ago

Hi EdGirl21

Thanks for posting.

It’s difficult for us to say what may be causing the significant pain you have been experiencing in your breast over the last two days.

It’s not clear from your post when you completed your radiotherapy, as pain in the breast can occur for some months after finishing treatment, as you mention this can be expected. Some people can also experience ongoing pain after breast surgery.

Although you mention that there doesn’t appear to be any sign of infection, we would always suggest getting any new symptoms checked out with your breast care nurse or treatment team. You certainly wouldn’t be wasting their time.

Adapting to life after treatment can be difficult and often the need for information and support continues. You may be interested in our resources that are particularly for those who have come to the end of their main hospital treatment. These are known as our Moving forward services and include our Moving Forward resource pack and our Moving Forward online course.

The course is open to people who have had a primary breast cancer diagnosis and have finished their hospital-based treatment within the last two years.  You can find out more and register for the programme on our website. 

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. The number is 0808 800 6000, (Relay UK -prefix 18001).

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Pain following lumpectomy four months ago

So i had a mulitfocal lumpectomy mid July for early stage hormonal related BC, followed by nine rounds of radiotherapy. My breast has really only just started to look normal following weeks of dermatitis. I've had onoing odd pains which have not been a concern as i've read this is to be expected with nerves remeshing etc, but over the last two days i've had a significant throbbing pain throughout the day in the site of where the most tissue was removed. When i press on this area it's also painful. There's no redness, lumpiness or apparent infection.... Is this still likely to be a healing pain or something more worrying? I don't want to waste NHS time if it's to be expected. Many thanks,