First, I do not understand why your doctor did the reconstruction before you had your chemo. My doctor would not do reconstruction if I had to have chemo. He said I would have to wait until I finished because the chemo could damage the reconstructed breasts. Thank God I didn't have to have chemo or radio because it was stage 0 when it was found.
Breast Cancer Questions
Asked by Valentinegirl on Saturday, May 11, 2013
I had a mastectomy and reconstruction via tram flap last May. I then underwent chemo and radiation and finished active tx in Feb. Lately, I have been noticing pain in my reconstructed breast. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this to be expected a year later? I had a mammogram on my "real" breast two weeks ago, and my doc suggested that I wait to have one on the reconstructed breast as she thought that it would be painful at this time. I plan on calling my oncologist, but was also hoping for some support and feedback. Thanks!
2 Answers from the Community
I would definetly talk to the doctor about it. I remember being told that I would experience what they called "Phytom Pains". The way the doctor explained it to me that even though the breast had been removed I would still feel tenderness and soreness, especially at certain times of the month. It has been 5 years since I had my reconstruction and from time to time I still experience it. Some times actual pain. Discuss it with your doc just to make sure what you are having is normal and I'll be praying that it is.