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Doctor insights on: Lymphedema Symptoms After Breast Cancer

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What's the outlook for lymphedema from breast cancer?

What's the outlook for lymphedema from breast cancer?

Good : Get good rehab and wear your sleeve. It should improve and get better over time. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

Not lymph node: There really are no lymph nodes in breast tissue. Bumps in the breast could be from cystic nodule or another breast cancer. I would recommend seeing your doctor to evaluate your axillary lymph nodes with respect to the lymphedema. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?

Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?

Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read more

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My lymph node under my right armpit is swollen, painful, yet mobile. I just returned from Costa Rica yesterday and have open cuts, an infected scrape, and a mother with breast cancer/lymphedema. Should I be worried about infection with no fever?

My lymph node under my right armpit is swollen, painful, yet mobile. I just returned from Costa Rica yesterday and have open cuts, an infected scrape, and a mother with breast cancer/lymphedema. Should I be worried about infection with no fever?

Yes: You don't need to have fever with infection, the other signs of infection are present. You want to see your doctor for examination and Rx medications, as for family history of breast cancer, that's irrelevant at the moment, best wishes ...Read more

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Is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer. I am stage 2 now.

Is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer.  I am stage 2 now.

Can improve: Lymphedema can be seen after both node dissection and sentinel node biopsy and having a mastectomy or lumpectomy doesn't make a difference. Ways to improve this includes (1) compression sleeves, (2) arm exercises / physical therapy, and (3) weight reduction if overweight or obese. Would recommend going to a lymphedema clinic if there is one in your area. ...Read more

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Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts,fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts,fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Muliple issues: I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease are all separate issues. Get yourself in the hands of an expert or experts-ASAP. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms for breast cancer?

What are the common symptoms for breast cancer?

Oftentimes nothing: Oftentimes, breast cancers are found with routine mammography. By getting yearly mammograms, differences in the breast tissue can be visualized with the mammogram.

In some instances, women may feel a new mass in their breast, notice a growing mass in the breast, or potentially have spontaneous bloody nipple discharge.

These are only some symptoms; make sure to get breast exam if concerned. ...Read more

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Got 4 symptoms of breast cancer so do I have it?

Got 4 symptoms of breast cancer so do I have it?

See a doctor: The only way to diagnose breast cancer is to get a biopsy of the lump/mass/calcifications/abnormality on imaging.
I highly recommend you contact your doctor/gynecologist to get a physical examination and then mammogram and ultrasound.
This question can only be answered when you follow the steps below. Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer? Can 18y/o be at risk?

Symptoms of breast cancer? Can 18y/o be at risk?

Remote chances: Cancer of breast is very very rare at the age of 19 , and is an unlikely self diagnosis , see your doctor for examination and assurance . ...Read more

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What are some immediate symptoms of breast cancer?

What are some immediate symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast Lump: The most common symptom is the presence of a new breast lump. Other things to look for include nipple discharge, especially clear or bloody, breast pain, and/or dimpling of the skin. Of course, the goal of breast cancer screening is to diagnose cancers before any of these symptoms develop. Please begin yearly mammography at age 40. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Mass: Mass in breast. Overlying skin changes like thickening or peak d'orange, bloody nipple discharge. Adenopathy in the armpits. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on symptoms of breast cancer?

Can you give me suggestions on symptoms of breast cancer?

Any change in breast: A mass can present deep in the breast or it can be up against the skin causing skin changes. Bloody nipple discharge is also something to investigate. You need to do a monthly self breast exam. Feel for any changes. You know your breasts better than anyone. Any mass consult with your doctor. Starting at age 40 a yearly mammogram is recommended. See your doctor at least once a year. ...Read more

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Does inflamatory breast cancer always have visual symptoms?

Does inflamatory breast cancer always have visual symptoms?

Usually: Not always but it usually does. That is why it is important to examine your breasts every month. Hope this helps. It can be red, inverted nipple, peau de orange-skin appears like the skin of an orange. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what are the common symptoms of breast cancer?

I'm wondering what are the common symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast cancer sx’s: Can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the most common breast cancer symptoms?

What are the most common breast cancer symptoms?

None in early stage: 1.'early stages, breast cancer usually has no symptoms. 2. A painless lump 3. Breast pain 4. Underarm swelling 5.Change in size or contour of breast 6. Nipple discharge or retraction 7. Skin discoloration 7. Temperature change. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hereditary breast cancer?

What are the symptoms of hereditary breast cancer?

Young/Bilateral: Breast cancer symptoms are no different whether one has the hereditary or environmental form of the disease. However, women with the hereditary form tend to be diagnosed at an earlier age and have a higher incidence of cancer developing in both breasts. The telltale sign, of course, is a pattern of breast +/- ovarian cancer in multiple relatives. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of breast cancer besides lumps?

What are the symptoms of breast cancer besides lumps?

Abnormality: Any change in the breast deserves evaluation by your doctor. Skin changes, nipple inversion, swelling of the breast, bloody nipple discharge, changes in the nipple.
Many early breast cancers are only found on mammogram or ultrasound.
Breast self exam is important so that you can be familiar with your body and any changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more