• Bleeding from the nipple?

    Asked by carolchristao on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Bleeding from the nipple?

    Does anyone else have blood going out from the nipple of the breast with cancer? It happens to me. I cry so much because of that. The doctors keep telling me that I should be calm, but it is very hard. I always cry in the shower when I see the tiny drops of blood.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I also had inflammatory breast cancer. I didn't have any bleeding from my nipples but I had some whitish XXX discharge. I would think in the grand scheme of things, a few drops of blood is hardly worth getting upset over. Whether they are a symptom of the cancer or a side effect of your treatment, the important thing is that cancer has been diagnosed and your are being treated for it.

      over 5 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      Yes I had bleeding from the nipple, it stopped after the tumor started to shrink. hope this helps, keep on smiling...

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Carolchristao, my name is Carm and I am an oncology nurse so maybe I can help with your question. This bleeding you describe is a common symptom of IBC and it will subside as your treatment progresses. There are many side effects to many diseases and the trick is to remember that they are just that, the symptom and not the disease. For instance, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are symptoms and not diseases. I understand your fear and frustration but you are under treatment so this issue before you is at best an inconvenience of your disease. Keep in mind that most malignancies feed off of stress. This is temporary so be patient as your treatment works with your body to correct the situation. Im sure that you are getting treatment and many of these treatments tend to lower your platelet count so the bleeding becomes more prominent, but your doctor is correct in that you need to stay calm and patient. This issue will soon resolve. The best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I'm so sorry you are going through this. I can only imagine how sad you feel at the sight of blood, a visual reminder--which you don't need--of your illness. I see from the other answers this usually goes away as treatments progress. Please try to be patient and remember that one day you won't see the drops anymore, a sign the treatments are working...and you are on the road to getting better. Courage and strength, that's what you need. I believe you already have it in you. Remind yourself that you are a strong woman; recall some instances in the past when you felt that inner strength. You can do this!

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      My nipple bled 4 years before my official cancer dx. I often wish it had bled again, so my cancer had been diagnosed earlier.

      over 5 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I had bleeding from the nipple and a discharge. Within the first 2 or 3 treatments it stopped. I used nursing pads in my bra to keep it from feeling uncomfortable against my skin. that was I could change them often.
      Keep smiling. This will stop. If you need to cry that's ok too, but the bleeding is not a big deal. It's the fact that this is happening at all. It goes away with treatment. You will see this and a shrinking of the breast/tumor.

      over 5 years ago

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