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I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

Call your surgeon: Please call and discuss this with your surgeon. He/she may want to evaluate this in the office. Infection needs to be ruled out. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more


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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

Very normal: Most skilled surgeons are able to remove "lumps" without deforming the shape of the breast. Unless large amounts of tissue are removed, or the lump is very close to the breast skin surface deformities are rare. ...Read more

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How much time to take off work after having a breast lumpectomy?

Depends: On how large lump is and how well you tolerate surgery. Discuss with your doctor. A general recommendation would be to have 4 days off...Ie have procedure done on thursday and have off friday and weekend. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Swelling after: surgery is common. I do not know how large an area was removed at your surgery too. Fluid (seroma) after breast surgery is also common. If there is excess breast enlargement, significant breast diffuse bruising, or increasing breast redness contact your surgeon right away. And be sure to see your surgeon for an exam soon to be sure you are healing properly. ...Read more

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Pain in chest and breast 3 years post lumpectomy?

Pain in chest and breast 3 years post lumpectomy?

Not rare: Not uncommon to have residual pain in the chest/ breast after lumpectomy and radiation perhaps due to scar tissue and nerve damage. Tell your doc about it and tell him/her if it is a constant, stable problem or if it has worsened lately. Also, make sure you get mammos as scheduled and keep notice of new lumps or masses. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy a month ago and my breast feels like I have a burning sensation in it?

I had a lumpectomy a month ago and my breast feels like I have a burning sensation in it?

Still in : Post operative period, so it is probably just healing pain. If it is red or hard, or if you have fever or chills, see your surgeon because it could be delayed infection or bleeding. Otherwise, apply heat, rest, and wait for full healing. I hope the lump was benign. ...Read more

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Fluid accumlation in breast follwing breast CA and lumpectomy. Shows up on CXR 4 months after lumpectom. Size is 5 x 7 cm. Why?

Fluid accumlation in breast follwing breast CA and lumpectomy.  Shows up on CXR 4 months after lumpectom.  Size is 5 x 7 cm.  Why?

Possibly seroma: This is probably fluid collection or seroma in the resection cavity, especially if you also received radiation therapy. However, CXR is not the imaging modality of choice to diagnose this condition. I would suggest to see your breast surgeon, get an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and if there are symptoms or other indications an aspiration may be considered. ...Read more

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I had lumpectomy following breast ca then had chemo which i finished in october last yr is it too late for me to start rads now?

I had lumpectomy following breast ca then had chemo which i finished in october last yr   is it too late for  me to start rads now?

No: Please talk it over with your surgeon or your medical oncologist and ask for a referral to a radiation oncologist. Since you have had a few month of gap please follow as soon as possible to get the proper treatment. Adding radiation therapy to lumpectomy significantly reduces recurrence rate and also has been shown to improve the survival rate in breast cancer patients. ...Read more

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Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more