• Pain in breast by lymph node incision

    Asked by barbaraanne on Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Pain in breast by lymph node incision

    I finished chemo 2/12, just started radiation (2 sessions) so I don't think this problem is from the radiation. I am feeling a small ball/knot, right where my lymph nodes were removed (2 nodes and they were clear). I had my rad onc look at it, he says it could be inflamed..(just great)..My surgeon scheduled an MRI for me, so the onc said do it, and let's see. Just wondering if anyone else had this happen to them?

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    • grandmaof2's Avatar

      Hi Barbara. I too had 2 lymph nodes removed which were both clear. That was 6 months ago. Finished up my radiation treatments on 12/10/12. I had some swelling in my armpit for a while before it subsided. It was painful, but it does subside. There are days when I still get some swelling there but it doesn't last. My surgeon gave me a small, tennis-sized rubber ball to squeeze in my left hand to help alleviate the swelling. Good luck in finishing up your treatment!

      over 4 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      Yep. Here is what I was told by radiation oncologist and surgeon. First, I was somewhat relieved to learn that a round ball is usually a cyst (fluid filled). Sometimes the body fills a void of lymph nodes with a cyst. The radiation oncologist said we should leave it alone. I freaked out. How could he be so sure it wasn't cancer? My cancer buddy had had a tumor on a lymph node, do I immediately thought that, though they took three lymph nodes, they must have missed one.

      So, I went back to my surgeon who saw my fear and suggested we biopsy the spot. Even though he warmed me about the risk of infection in the radiated area, I agreed to the biopsy. As soon as he pierced the ball, fluid exploded out. Yeah!! Not cancer.

      Your path, to have an MRI is much better. The spot where he inserted the needle became infected and turned to staph. I spent the next month on serious antibiotics. It was rough.

      Maybe you have the same cyst in your lymph node area. I think your path is going to be much more successful than mine.

      over 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Ask for an ultrasound. It's probably a seroma, which is a collection of blood and fluid at the site of an incision. They'll be able to tell. Mine was large enough that they drained it with a needle, but they usually subside in time. The odds that its another cancer are pretty small.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I had that too, but it went away on it's own before my next oncology appt. I think mine was just an I infected hair follicle. You are smart to always check, just in case. We will always be concerned when things like this happen, but try not to borrow trouble and stay in this moment. I know that isn't easy, specially early on. I am hoping you get great results so you can concentrate on healing! Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I'm almost 2 years out from surgery. i still get pain and lumps where they took out the lymph nodes. They told me it could be nerves trapped in scar tissue. i massage the area and it goes away. I figure it's something I'll always have to do.

      over 4 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      Thank you all for your answers, they truly help. I did the MRI, just waiting for results.The MRI was really for a follow up to the surgery, and they are also checking the right breast.

      over 4 years ago

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