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Is it safe to get a tattoo on arms or chest after double mastectomy?

Is it safe to get a tattoo on arms or chest after double mastectomy?

Careful: Be careful with infection. Aft surgery lymphatic flow is affected. Specially if you had lymph nodes taken out. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

Lymphedema: If you had surgery to remove the lymph nodes under the arm during a mastectomy which is common I would not recommend a tattoo on that arm as if you get an infection it could cause your arm to develop lymphedema which could be debilitating and chronic. Get a tattoo on another area would be my suggestion if you want to do that. ...Read more

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Why do some women get chest tattoos instead of insert after mastectomy?

Why do some women get chest tattoos instead of insert after mastectomy?

Personal choice: Women have options after mastectomy: immediate reconstruction, delayed reconstruction or no reconstruction. Ideally all women should be given these options depending on the circumstance. Those who choose not to do reconstruction are making a personal choice. The great thing about breast cancer is that there are many options available. The earlier you are detected, the more choices you have. ...Read more

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I have had major pain in left shoulder that goes under the arm and into breast. I had a double mastectomy 9 years ago. I have lumps in left bresst?

I have had major pain in left shoulder that goes under the arm and into breast. I had a double mastectomy 9 years ago. I have lumps in left bresst?

Without knowing: Your exact history, it is impossible to say, but left shoulder pain can come from heart. Or it could be spread of cancer to bone. It could be something as serious as a fracture or pulmonary embolism, or simple as a sprain, or even shingles. Time to go see a doctor for evaluation for all of these possibilities. ...Read more

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2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

R/o lymphedema: If there is a question of spread of cancer, you may need a pet scan. The most common reason for non-malignant swelling of a post-mastectomy area is lymphedema. ...Read more

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I received the smallpox vaccine about 16 days ago. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo on my other arm or on my chest? If I can't then how long should I wait?

I received the smallpox vaccine about 16 days ago. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo on my other arm or on my chest? If I can't then how long should I wait?

Are you sure about: That? The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo after mastectomy and radiation?

Is it safe to get a tattoo after mastectomy and radiation?

I would advise: Against getting tattoos on the same arm as the mastectomy. If you develop an infection, it could become a problem, even though it might be trivial in under normal circumstances. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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I am planning on getting a tattoo this November on my arm and breast implants first of the year, is this safe?

I am planning on getting a tattoo this November on my arm and breast implants first of the year, is this safe?

Probably…: Unless there is a complication associated with your tattoo, you should be able to proceed. Patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery need to be infection free at the time of breast surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If a woman underwent a double mastectomy, could she get breast implants?

If a woman underwent a double mastectomy, could she get breast implants?

Yes yes yes: That is a good option. Depending on the indication for the double mastectomy, the emotional and medical issues, the breast implants, aka reconstruction, can take a back seat. Which means, sometimes it is overwhelming to process all the changes and decisions. Good news is the implants can be done when you are ready. Take a friend with you. Be well. ...Read more

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Could I get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Could I get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Yes: If someone has a high risk inherited mutation or other circumstances that increase significantly the risk for breast cancer, that person can be considered for a preventative mastectomy. ...Read more

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I have breast cancer in the family and high risk. Offered double mastectomy, should I get it?

I have breast cancer in the family and high risk. Offered double mastectomy, should I get it?

Good question: But not enough info to say. If you had proper counseling and your risk is very high (eg. Brca mutation or other significant risk factors) mastectomies are an option but some patients can do ok with increased surveillance (mris) plus preventative tamoxifen or even removal of the ovaries. There are too many unknowns for me to answer properly. Make sure you see someone with expertise in this area. ...Read more

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I just got a tattoo and noticed small bumps on my arm and chest?

I just got a tattoo and noticed small bumps on my arm and chest?

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You will need exam to get a DX if you are concerned about the bumps. ...Read more

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Itchy blister like pimples. 1itchy2whitehead looking like pimple appears 3pot it still itchy. On my lower arm and chest by my semi new tattoos?

Itchy blister like pimples. 1itchy2whitehead looking like pimple appears 3pot it still itchy. On my lower arm and chest by my semi new tattoos?

Likely inflammation: ...or folliculitis, a localized infection to the hair follicles caused by irritation from the new tattoo and bandages that were used to cover it. Use soapy water to clean the area three times a day, air dry well, and apply an antibacterial ointment. Call your doctor if the pimple lesions get bigger, are warm to touch or you develop a fever. ...Read more

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After nipple sparing mastectomy is it normal for nipple to get scabby and dark (i wouldn't say it is black)?

After nipple sparing mastectomy is it normal for nipple to get scabby and dark (i wouldn't say it is black)?

NotNormalButCommon: The challenge of nipple-sparing mastectomy is to remove as much tissue under the nipple without compromising its blood supply; what you are describing is a consequence of the latter. While it may be too early to tell, the nipple may end up ok. When this happens under my care, I advise applying neosporin every 4 hrs while awake--check w/your surgeon what they recommend. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get lung cancer after a mastectomy?

Please explain if it is possible to get lung cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: If a person has a mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer, that person can develop an unrelated cancer that starts in the lung or the breast cancer could metastasize to the lung (would still be called breast cancer). One cancer does not spare you from another. ...Read more

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Can I have my breast reconstruction done to make my breasts bigger than they were pre-mastectomy? I've always wanted  bigger breasts, but didn't want augmentation surgery. Now that I'm going to need breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, I'd lik

Can I have my breast reconstruction done to make my breasts bigger than they were pre-mastectomy? I've always wanted  bigger breasts, but didn't want augmentation surgery. Now that I'm going to need breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, I'd lik

Discuss with Surgeon: Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. It may be helpful to show him/her goal pictures. Depending on how much skin is present and what type of reconstruction you undergo, your goals made or may not be achievable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Supposing you get a prophylactic mastectomy, can doctors do breast reconstruction?

Supposing you get a prophylactic mastectomy, can doctors do breast reconstruction?

Yes: Prophylactic mastectomy is performed under certain situations. Once mastectomy is performed, there are various options for breast reconstuction. The most common method is tissue-expansion/implant reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction, which uses your own tissue, with or without implants, is another option. Not everyone is a good candidate for each option. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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After a mastectomy, is it possible to get lung cancer?

After a mastectomy, is it possible to get lung cancer?

Yes: There is nothing about a mastectomy that would prevent someone from developing an (unrelated) primary lung cancer. Breast cancer can spread (metastasize) to the lung; the chances are the same whether a women is treated by mastectomy or lumpectomy (plus radiation therapy). ...Read more

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Do you think a woman should consider a double mastectomy if cancer is only in one breast?

Do you think a woman should consider a double mastectomy if cancer is only in one breast?

Not usually: You need to have a discussion with your doctor about all the details and may get a genetic test. Even after that it is not an easy call, but it is not an issue for this forum. ...Read more

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Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: There could be residual malignant breast tissue in the chest wall (local recurrence) or the cancer could have already spread to other organs before surgery (metastasis). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable.

So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a mastectomy, even if you don't have breast cancer, nor are at risk of it? If so, what is the usual cost? Thank you.

Is it possible to get a mastectomy, even if you don't have breast cancer, nor are at risk of it? If so, what is the usual cost? Thank you.

Usually not!: There are specific indications for any surgical procedure including a mastectomy. If your condition doesn't fit those indications, surgeons will not do mastectomy. If you have a reason that you feel you need to have a mastectomy, you need to be evaluated by a surgeon to review your condition and to see if there are valid indications for the procedure. ...Read more

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General question. What is the 5 year. Survival of non-metastasised breast cancer if you only had a double mastectomy and no chemo and no radiation?

General question. What is the 5 year. Survival of non-metastasised breast cancer if you only had a double mastectomy and no chemo and no radiation?

Depends: Not enough information. Depends on TNM staging. Treatment decisions based on that as well as biomarkers - er, pr, her2/neu. The absolute risk reduction provided by chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy can then be individualized. On useful online tool is adjuvant! Online. That assumes adequate local control - eg surgery +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Need to know if you would choose to undergo a double mastectomy just because your own mother died of breast cancer?

Need to know if you would choose to undergo a double mastectomy just because your own mother died of breast cancer?

Sorry to hear: Family history, especially in a first degree relative like your mother, will statistically increase your risk but that does not mean you jump into getting mastectomies. Depends on many factors: how old was she when she got it? Anyone else in the family? Any personal risk factors present? Discuss this with your doc and get a personalized risk assessment. ...Read more

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Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Yes: Many studies have been published demonstrating this option to be safe, both for treatment of breast cancer and prevention in women with brca mutations. No surgery will take the risk of subsequent breast cancer down to zero--there is always some breast tissue left behind, albeit microscopic. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more left behind, the higher the risk; yet, it remains quite low. ...Read more

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Is it true that n testing a lot of lumps in breast that you can not have whole breast ultrasound? I'm being scheduled for a double mastectomy instead

Is it true that n testing a lot of lumps in breast that you can not have whole breast ultrasound? I'm being scheduled for a double mastectomy instead

ABUS: Automated breast ultrasound (abus) is a new technique that involves scanning the entire breast; however, this is a screening test that compliments mammography, especially for women with dense breasts. If you have many lumps, a diagnostic ultrasound is most appropriate. Regardless, we need more info to answer your question--it's unclear why you need a double mastectomy & how this could relate to us. ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more