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    CathyMurphy asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Hematoma

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      PatsyLV

      Hang in there

      19 days ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      Has nothing to do with chemo, or should I say you can get incisional hematomas & seromas (the latter are common) regardless of whether or not you have chemo. Sounds like the surgeon may be trying to "pass the buck" for something that she should have warned you about or explained at the outset. My axillary (SNB, in armpit) incisional seroma burst due to the weight of the breast (incision had been steri-stripped rather than sutured).

      Surgeon's NP wanted me to just pack it with sterile gauze 3x/day for up to 6 wks. I was having none of it due to a busy lifestyle with travel--then my surgeon's partner took one look and agreed with me that with a breast that large & heavy it'd never close on its own. (I asked if I should have been offered a reduction along with the lumpectomy, but he diplomatically said "well, you hadn't been MY patient"). After he squeezed out the fluid, he did six stitches and I was good to go. Sutures removed two weeks later, incision held, seroma shrank and was gone w/in 6 mos. Had oncoplastic consult in Jan.--new surgeon said she wouldn't touch that breast, but she's onboard with my reducing the other, noncancerous one (was bigger to begin with) if my next annual mammo is clear and I've lost 10 lbs. (Most of the way there re the latter).

      Just curious--where are you getting the "silicone" to pack it? And who instructed you to do so?

      19 days ago
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      CathyMurphy

      From the surgeon and they instructed me and have friend that’s a nurse

      18 days ago
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      Rustysmom

      Yes, I remember my scalp feeling tender before it started coming out. I couldn't wait to get it shaved. Waking up with hair all over the pillow and in your mouth was not good! ;-)

      3 months ago
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      I got sores on my scalp when it started falling out. Dr. said it was the Ph balance & to use Head & Shoulders shampoo. Since I was bald, I didn't need much so I got a travel size to try it.
      Cleared it up right away. It has happened several time afterwards & it worked. Chemo does a number on the body.

      about 1 month ago
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      CathyMurphy

      Thanks I shaved my head and bough5ba wig . Thanks to all

      about 1 month ago
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