Ladies - I visited the breast consultant on 29th March. He examined me thoroughly - MX and lymph node areas - remaining breast and all local lymph node areas underarms etc and he is extremely happy with everything. He confirmed the tender ribs and lymph area is due to the rads. Apparently, there is no set time for improvement - it can come and go and it can go and come back some considerable time in the future.
Thankfully, he was happy not to see me for a year - March 2019!!! I do have a mammo set up for the mono-boob at the end of April. I'm still under the onc at the mo for my remaining 4 herceptin injections.
Good luck ladies - I think it's going to take time for us all to get used to the new "ME"! x
Good afternoon ladies,
been reading these posts/replies with interest.
diagnosed Feb.2017 with tnbc, 2 lumps removed , one malignant n the other benign.
had surgery 14th March 2017, both lumps remved as a precaution and 3 lymph nodes ( which were clear )
15 sessions of radiotherapy n wanted me to also have 6 chemos sessions which i declined..
just had my first mammogram since all this started which came back normal...
really just wanted to say that although i am 1 year on from surgery and 9 months on from finish of radiotherapy i still have swelling/soreness in my armpit and some lymphodema around my breast with tenderness. I was told that the body will need time to recover from radiotherapy and what i am feeling is perfectly normal.
i have an appt with my surgeon on the 16th and will talk to her about this n then post on here what she said.
its easy to make oneself ill with worry but we must all be positive ❤️❤️
Yes I will do, I am pretty good at seeing them as needed, and know being sore under there isn’t uncommon, but as I was all OK up till now obviously slightly concerned. Thank you for your help - this is such a comforting site!
Thank you so much - I don’t want to ignore anything that I should get seen, but equally I don’t want to be running back every 5 mins with the next thing that hurts! Hope you get on OK but keep me posted. I will give mine a few days and see the doc after Easter if it is still there.
Denijames - I too finished my rads mid December and am exactly the same as you - had no real ill effects afterwards but now I am suffering tender ribs and the lymph area under my arm. I am seeing the consultant tomorrow so hopefully he will be able to confirm whether it's an affect of the rads. I have been doing lots of research on here and it would appear it is quite a common side effect which occurs some time after the rads have finished.
I'll report back after tomorrow!
Ostrich or no ostrich it is evidently of concern to you otherwise you wouldn't be asking about it! So please do see the doc.
Sorry it was triple negative tumour so needed chemo and radio to be sure and radio was only to my breast not underarm. Thanks for your help - I will maybe go and see the doc then... burying my head in the sand is much easier!!!
Did you have radiotherapy to breast only (as usually given when lymph nodes are clear)? I'm not quite sure what you mean by TNbreast cancer and whether that means they may have targetted underarm as well as breast?
If you didn't have radiotherapy targeted at the underarm I doubt the level of zap received would be very high that far away from the targeted breast area.
I would be inclined to visit your doctor to discuss it and hopefully put your mind at ease. You have had bc, so it is reasonable to visit the GP about it.
I finished my radiotherapy mid December and I suffered no real ill effects at the time, but now feels really tender and sore around the lymph area under my arm. I had a sentinel node biopsy (which was clear) and lumpectomy and breast reduction, back in May 17 then chemo (as I had TNBC) followed by radiotherapy. Could this be late effects of radiotherapy? Don’t want to rush to doctors after every symptom!