I have a new tiny lump in scar from breast cancer surgery, is this a recurrence?

Lump in surgery scar. When surgery is performed, many hair follicles in the area are disrupted in the area and new cysts can form. Cysts are not a problem. However, in the area of previous breast cancer, we would be concerned about a recurrence, so any new lesions must be seen by a dermatologist or the breast surgeon.
Possibly. It could be a number of things, but being new, it needs to be evaluated as soon as possible.
Breast cancer. If the new tiny area is in you mastectomy scar then you should have a biopsy of the scar. In the majority if skin sparing mastectomies the incision is made around the areola and depending on the reconstructive technique the incision may be closed in a straight line.
Unknown. New lumps in the breast after breast cancer treatments need to be evaluated by your doctor. Depends on how long ago the surgery was, if it is scar formation or not. Needs a doctor's examination.

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How long should you normally stay in the hospital after you have breast cancer surgery?

Depends. Whether is is lumpectomy, mastectomy, mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, and method of reconstruction, and of course your general medical condition.If it is lumpectomy, 0-1 days, mastectomy 1-3 days. Read more...
Between 1-3 days. Lumpectomy and lymph node dissection can usually allow discharge after one to three days at max. Mastectomy may take a day or two longer. After in complication breast surgery most women are home no later than 3 days at most afterwards. Read more...

I know that some women have arm swelling after breast cancer surgery. Why?

Lymphedema. The arm swelling you are describing occurs secondary to disruption of the lymphatic circulation draining the arm, either via lymph node removal and/or radiation therapy. When we used to remove 10-20 lymph nodes, the lifetime incidence was ~25%. Nowadays, with sentinel lymph node biopsy alone, the risk is closer to 5%. Hopefully, in the future we won't have to remove any lymph nodes. Read more...
Lymph edema. Lymph is the fluid in tissues. After surgical procedure some people have a tendency to develop swelling because lymph nodes are removed - the collection system for lymph. Emotionally deep skin is the layer we bury sadness - literally we are weeping inside. It is easier to bury emotions makes this bearable. Read my book called meridian medicine available on itunes to learn more. Read more...

I know that some women have arm swelling and pain after breast cancer surgery. Why does it happen?

Lymph nodes. Doing breast cancer surgery the lymph nodes are removed. This causes the lymphatic fluid to back up in the arm. Read more...
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Lymphedema. If a person has had surgery in the axilla to check for lymph nodes, they can be at risk for lymphedema or arm swelling. This surgery disrupts the passage way for fluid to drain from the arm which then causes swelling. Thankfully, lymphedema from breast surgery is not a profound as it once was since less lymph nodes are removed. Read more...
Pain happens after. most surgical procedures. In mastectomy, a nerve that exits the side of the breast is usually injured or sacrificed and irritation of is causes pain or noxious tingling especially when the arms swing during walking. Swelling is independent of that and can be caused by removal of lymph nodes and exacerbated by not putting the limb thru frequent adequate range of motion- usually out of fear of pain. Read more...

Is it normal to have sharp pains in the breast and upper back post breast cancer surgery?

Post surgery neuropa. This is likely normal post surgery. You are described post surgery neuropathic pain. This is typically a result of "cutting" of the nerves in your skin from the surgery. Most people will have improvement over time, but some will have continued pain in the region. Some patients have "phantom" pain post mastectomy because their body still thinks the breast is there, even though it was removed. Read more...
Maybe. Healing after surgery will take some weeks, and pains during this time of healing are common. Sometimes referred muscle pains can go into the back. Watch for increasing breast swelling or redness that would need to be evaluated by your surgeon. Read more...