• smaller breast

    Asked by mtolady on Sunday, May 12, 2013

    smaller breast

    I was woundering does rads cause your breast to get smaller...The breast that had lump removed seems to be getting smaller is this normal..Have doc appointment next month but just saw cancer doc 2-weeks ago he said everything was fine...But I didn't notice the differance until a couple days ago......

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      After a lumpectomy and during radiation the breast swells during the healing process. The fact that is smaller is due to how much breast tissue including the lymph nodes and margins that were removed during surgery. My lumpectomy did remove lymph nodes, but a very wide margin was removed. My left breast is now a full cup size smaller then my right.

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Yes, mine is!

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      Interesting question: I assumed that my breast would be smaller because even though I am large breasted and had plenty to spare, I had what they called a partial mastectomy because the surgeon had to remove such a large area. Of course there was swelling for some time and then the empty "pocket" filled in with fluid and now some tissue or solidified body fluid (I'm not sure which), I did get swelling again with radiation but I am now 8 months post surgery, 4.5 months post chemo, and 2 months post radiation and I honestly don't have any significant difference in size. (and that is with a 25 pound weight loss as well so the rest of my body is smaller. Go figure. I actually was hoping for a breast reduction with a lift but my onco surgeon just blushes and laughs whenever I kid him about that saying "remember I told you I'm not a plastic surgeon, just a really good onco surgeon." So, maybe it is just another of those individual sort of responses that is somewhat dependent on our body types pre-cancer as well as all the cancer treatments.

      over 4 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar

      I have had no surgery at all and mine shrank.

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I too, had no surgery and the breast that was cancerous got smaller than the healthy one, even though it was slightly larger even before the lumps.

      over 4 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar

      AT Princess - was it hard as well as small??

      over 4 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      Ok thanks ladies....and carter mine is a little harder to must be normal I guess... Thanks!! God Bless...

      over 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      If I was you I would see my doctor again. That just doesn't sound right.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Mine is smaller after my lumpectomy and I was told that scar tissue from radiation will prevent it from drooping as much as the other one. Oh well, we are here to complain about it, right? It isn't too noticeable with a bra on.

      over 4 years ago

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