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Lumpectomy Side Effects
My doc want me to take tamoxifen following lumpectomy for b cancer my FSH 28.5 LH 45.2 ostradiol 845 should I take it worried about side effects?
Likely yes: You are young and likely pre or peri-menopausal so tamoxifen is the drug for you, not one of the aromatase inhibitors. Tam has been in the market for several decades and in general is very safe. Odds of serious problems like uterine cancer or clots are low in younger woman. Discuss your concerns with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is tamoxifen needed for dcis that was treated with lumpectomy&radiation? Been on it for 2yrs&have bad side effects. Sonogram showed endometr thickenin
It's risk vs benefit: Tamoxifen drops your risk of developing a new breast cancer in either breast by 1/2. But the absolute benefit is small. You are only 22, so your lifetime risk of having a new breast cancer is higher than if you were 50. Ask your doctor for the numbers (your risk of developing a new breast cancer with or without tamoxifen), and ask about raloxifene, a similar drug. Then make your decision. ...Read more
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
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
Axillary lymph node dissection 2008/ lumpectomy, then bi-lateral mastectomy. The left side still painful at the site of sentinel. Is this normal?
I have pain and soreness directly under the left breast near the top of the rib cage. I had a lumpectomy 4 years ago on the left side of breast just?
see a doctor: Pain in the rib cage can be due to costochondritis. This is an inflammation of the cartilage where the rib meets the sternum. If you press the spot does it hurt? If so it could be costochondritis. You mentioned a previous breast biopsy, did you have invasive breast cancer? If so all the more reason to see your doctor. ...Read more
Lumpectomy and radiation last year. Was small amt of cancer in node. Now small shadow on upper right lung CT but radiation on left side. Lung cancer?
Difficult to say: small shadow can be many different things. In the absence of old studies this could have been there for years. Old study is crucial before jumping to conclusions. Old granulomas from old infections can present the same way. It is best to err on the side of caution and have a follow up study to see if it changes before jumping to conclusions. ...Read more
Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year i had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects
If : If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex (anastrozole) not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your doctor: Any breast mass needs evaluation by a doctor. Tests such as a mammogram or an ultrasound may be needed. The mass may need to be removed, which would be called a lumpectomy. However, not all breast masses are best treated by lumpectomy. Your doctor will give you advice about the treatment options that are suitable to your case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers