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Discomfort in underarm


Re: Discomfort in underarm

Hi Carol

Its good to hear that you were given the all clear following your lumpectomy and that no further treatment was needed for your LCIS/DCIS.

We are unable to say what may be causing you this intermittent discomfort under your arm. You are right that sometimes our bodies take a while to heal following surgery and discomfort or pain can occur many months after surgery. However, we would always suggest following up with your treatment team any concerns you have. Perhaps you can give your breast care nurse a ring to discuss this.

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 Book

Outside the current coronavirus situation, our Moving Forward courses also provide information, support and professional guidance on how to cope with, and adjust to, life after breast cancer treatment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to suspend all of our face-to-face services for now. 

However, a Moving Forward online course has been set up as an alternative while face to face services are suspended and is open to people who have had a primary breast cancer diagnosis and have finished their hospital-based treatment within the last two years. 

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Best wishes


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Discomfort in underarm


I have noticed that there is still some discomfort in my underarm when i do things like ironing which needs pressure.

I was diagnosed with LCIS/DCIS (I think I was on the cusp of either, because 2 surgeons described it differently!) last December and had a lumpectomy in January. In February I was given the all clear, needing NO further treatment which was wonderful. I also had no nodes removed.

As the discomfort I feel is intermittent, I’m wondering if nerves still haven’t completely settled after the op and that this is aggravated by some activities. (I’ve had 2 knee replacements and understand completely that nerves are the last thing to heal after an operation).


I have no signs of a lump or anything in the area; but my original cancer was found on a mammogram without a lump and I am due for a follow-up m’gram in a couple of months.

Just thought someone might have some thoughts on this,