• Another Infection

    Asked by dekdo on Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Another Infection

    I was just released from the hospital which I have been. in since Tuesday. This will be my 3rd infection. Has this happened to anyone else? I had a lumpectomy with lymph nodes removed in march of this year. When I was ready to leave the hospital the doctor came and stated that it really didn't look like an infection but more like something else to do with my breasted cancer.
    They did do an I&D and packed it under my arm and I was on large doses of some heavy duty antibiotics.
    This was not my normal oncologist we were out of town.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • grandmajean5's Avatar

      I got an infection after my 2nd lumpectomy (the 1st one didn't get all the tumor) in Nov. 2012. The 1st antibiotic cleared it up but it came back a week later. The next antibiotic did nothing. My onc told me it sometimes clears up by itself and, since it wasn't affecting me we let it go. It's almost cleared up after six months.

      over 4 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      After my 3rd surgery (this time had 14 lymph nodes removed due to MRI results) I also got "some kind" of infection. Surgeon didn't know why and neither did the Rad Onc (I had finished chemo & was in the middle of radiation) when I felt a ball by the 1st incision area. Turned out the cancer came back in 1 lymph node. The surgeon gave me antibiotic, strong 875mg 2x daily, it helped after 1 week of taking them. I thought I was the only one...Be well...

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Oh my goodness girl, you are having a rough time of it. I hope you are home now and able to see your own doctor. How you could get an infection is beyond me because I don't understand all this stuff that relates to BC, but I certainly would be forcing the issue with your doctor to get some answers.

      over 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      It might be helpful to have your own oncologist consult with someone in infectious disease at your cancer center to try to learn why you continue to get infections....you do not want to be on antibiotics forever. Infectious disease specialist would definitely be my choice. Good luck and God bless!

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      It is always good to remember that the longer you stay in the hospital the more likely you are to get an infection! Check the CDC website to read more on this. Hope you are feeling better.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs and healing vibes. I am so sorry you have to go through this.

      over 4 years ago
    • DrShani's Avatar


      Something that hasn't been mentioned yet is that your immune system may be weakened by all you've been through, which may be why you're more subject than most to infections. Cancer and surgeries are significant stressors, and prolonged stress has been proven to weaken immunity. Other factors that may make you more subject to infections as well, such as elevated blood glucose. Optimizing your overall health - robust nutrition, appropriate exercise, sound sleep, etc - will restrengthen your immunity. Integrative MDs or board-certified naturopathic physicians are the experts who can best help you with this.

      Wishing you a speedy return to radiant health!

      Dr. Shani Fox, ND

      over 4 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      After I had surgery to have my port put in I developed the flu and C Diff at the same time. At the hospital the nurses hung lots of bags of antibiotics around the clock. The staff wore gowns, masks and gloves. I was in the hospital for a week. I have some thoughts: I agree with Gabba's suggestion. I agree with Dr. Shani about optimizing your health. Both of these suggestions I will definitely remember for myself. Stay hydrated. Find a way to drink lots of water. I use the generic version of Crystal Light when I get bored with plain water and mineral water. Stay out of crowds for a while most definitely. You can pick up so many germs from the grocery store, stores and crowds. I would use hand sanitizer quite a bit because you can pick up many germs at the hospital and doctors offices. They are full of sick people. I know your hospital has a dietician who can expand on Dr. Shani's suggestions. Some food suggestions in order to build up your immunity would be very helpful to you. I have heard of other people getting infections like this too when their immune system is weakened. Let us know how you are doing. We are here for you.

      over 4 years ago

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