• Three months post lumpectomy and still experiencing fluid build up in breast...

    Asked by Loafer on Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Three months post lumpectomy and still experiencing fluid build up in breast...

    Fluid build up in breast - especially at site of lymph node sentinel removal under arm pit - with some discomfort. Onc said could happen for up to a year!! No swelling with arm so I don't think it's lymphedema. Anyone else experience this?

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Yes, I had fluid in a pocket by my armpit near where my nodes were removed. It took a long time for it to go away and I thought it was lymphedema. I'm not sure when it finally was gone! It is 4 1/2 years since the surgery and it is no longer there.

      almost 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      It wasn't until I read your question that I realized that mine has finally cleared up, about 7 months post-surgery. I think it may have been gone a month or two, but I'm not sure.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Mine got pretty large and my surgeon drained it. It came back for awhile but was never as big. Two years out and it's gone. No idea when that happened.

      almost 4 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      I understand that it 's different for everyone,but my surgeon as drained it twice only at the beginning in the first month after the surgeries.It never came back.Have you been to the surgeon on this?

      almost 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Thanks for the responses! I did have fluids drained twice within the first couple of weeks of surgery. Also had two post followup with surgeon who said I was fine - see you in six months. Almost seems as if chemo is collecting in these pockets and causing build up. Hope it works itself out!

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Loafer hello, and I hope your holidays are all you desire. This problem is always an issue. It is called seroma and it is a pocket of excess fluid that accumulates because the lymph node or "drain" that was at that location has now been removed; hence no drain at the site. Like anything else in the anatomy, the body will find a way to redirect it to the next nearest site after awhile. So in essence, it could take that long; or as you have seen from other responses, sooner than predicted. Lymph nodes are the body's drainage system responsible for removing excess fluid that leaks out of capillaries. They purify it and then send it back to the thoracic duct to be recycled into the circulatory system. I hope this info is useful to you in understanding the process. Warm wishes your way, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      My onc said this was something I would have to deal with for a while and not to worry (mine is in my arm). Thinking about it, it was gotten less and less as time passes so I would chill a bit and just keep an eye on it. You have had a change made to your body and it has to adjust itself. Takes time. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar

      I have discomfort but mine is due to scar tissue build up and it's been 3 years since surgery,chemo, and radiation. Still taking the Tamoxifen though. Maybe it's due to you being triple negative. I don't think it ever gets back to the same. We all just have to deal and try to support each other-you are all like family to me, since mine bailed.

      almost 4 years ago
    • snowymoe's Avatar

      I am 10 months after lumpectomy and lymph node removal and my breast is so swollen to the pain it is about 3 times the size of the other one. Under my arm looks like I am growing another breast. Very tender and very very uncomfortable. I have had it drained 3 times in the past but they said they will not drain it anymore. I don't have a fever so I don't think it is infected. It just is not draining. My arm is not swollen at all. Has anyone else had this problem? Am I just suppose to suffer with this?

      over 3 years ago

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