• pain/swelling

    Asked by jojosmom on Saturday, April 6, 2013


    I have 3 more radiation treatments left. My right breast is bright red and feels so heavy compared to the other side. I have burns on my incision and underneath my breast. Is this normal? I also can feel a lump near the incision site thats hard and about the size of a golfball.
    They said its my body filling in for the lump & margins they removed. Is this normal?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yes, I had similar issues 2 years ago while undergoing radiation. Your breast will feel lumpy for awhile, and I can still feel the hard internal scar tissue.

      over 5 years ago
    • grandmaof2's Avatar

      Yes, none of my symptoms showed up until about 5 days after my last radiation treatment. The burning and itching was almost more than I could stand. All the skin under my left breast was blistered and raw to the point of slight bleeding. I had the rad onc look at it and he said it was perfectly normal. He also told me to use a half peroxide and half water solution to dab on the blisters (which took care of the severe itching) and to keep using the Aquaphor until the rash was completely gone. Took a few weeks, but it finally went away

      over 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Yes, I finished rads in October 2012 and just had some scar tissue removed last week because it was tender and very lumpy to the touch. Then, I had to wait for the pathology to come back on that even after surgeon said .. this happens all the time and it is probably just scar tissue. So.. this is very common, mine was just scar tissue.. but, it is good to keep a check on these things and ask your team questions if you have concerns. Best to you!

      over 5 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      That does all sound normal. I still have the scar tissue three years later. As for the burns, ask for the good stuff at the radiation center. They're stingy with it, but they'll give it to you if you say you're uncomfortable. My fave was biafine cream. Good luck! Almost done!

      over 5 years ago
    • Colleen1477's Avatar

      I'm currently receiving radiation and I'm experiencing the exact same issues. So I assume it is "normal".

      over 5 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Me too. No pain but a huge hard mass (several inches) filled the breast where the lump and surrounding tissues were removed. It is bigger than the cancer, it is still there after eight years. The redness will go away after several years.

      over 5 years ago

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