LUMPECTOMY SCAR HEALING TIME

Posted by mjay @mjay, Thu, Jun 18 7:04pm

Hi, has anyone had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and a car that still was pretty raw after a considerable amount of time? My scar is in a precarious position bearing the weight of the top of the breast and is taking a long time to heal. It didn't help that my 6-month mammo and u/s reopened the wound. I'm wondering if it's a vitamin deficiency or if this is normal to be healing months after the completion of radiation. Thank You

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Mine healed very quickly, approximately a couple of weeks after the surgery it looked good. I'm almost a year out after chemotherapy and radiation and only have a scar that looks like a scratch.

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It’s been two years now, the scar in my armpit where they took lymph nodes is a little tender. I notice it when I raise that arm, but it’s not really painful. The incision in my breast where they took out the actual tumor doesn’t bother me at all.

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@lisman1408

It’s been two years now, the scar in my armpit where they took lymph nodes is a little tender. I notice it when I raise that arm, but it’s not really painful. The incision in my breast where they took out the actual tumor doesn’t bother me at all.

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Yes, I have similar lymph node Incision area tenderness. Thanks for your reply.

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I had a lumpectomy 28 years ago followed by 6 months of chemo then radiation. I had no problems healing. I had a mastectomy with immediate implant one year ago followed three months later with implant removed and DIEP flap. With both surgeries in past year I had wound healing issues with no explanations. The wounds healed after a good three months each. Good luck! Your wound will heal. Hang in there!

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@mjay

Yes, I have similar lymph node Incision area tenderness. Thanks for your reply.

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@mjay
I had lymph node incision tenderness, also. I had read somewhere that it was helpful to stretch that area, so I added it to my regular stretching routine: lying on my back and stretching by arms out straight behind my head. After a while, the tenderness seemed to abate. I'm guessing that it was a matter of internal scar tissue which had been pulling on whatever else was around it.

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@elizm, @mjay The stretches really help as muscles in that are are incised and cut. I do several different types of stretches twice a day. I notice when I raise my arms up, the good side (hand) is higher than the left but when I raise and to a side stretch pulling the left arm overhead and to the side that it starts to even up. If you can see your physical therapist, they can show you ones that will help.

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Thank you for your reply. I was reaching overhead with the affected arm and felt a pull and the scar reopened slightly with a few droplets of blood, and this is six months post radiation. It is frightening that this is still not healed 100% at this juncture. I'm afraid to lift my arm at all at this point.

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I am not a medical professional, but I find it odd that you scar has not healed. If you have other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, it could effect your wound healing. Have you asked your provider about the wound not healing? You may want to see a Wound Care Specialist for advice.

Laurie

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I agree with Laurie that it’s unusual that the incision would reopen after 6 months. At least call your doctor to let them know. He/She is able to give much more accurate advise. IMO, should be logged on your medical chart should there be any further complications in the future.

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@lisman1408

I agree with Laurie that it’s unusual that the incision would reopen after 6 months. At least call your doctor to let them know. He/She is able to give much more accurate advise. IMO, should be logged on your medical chart should there be any further complications in the future.

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Thanks, I have an appointment with my doctor set up.

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@mjay

Thanks, I have an appointment with my doctor set up.

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@lisman1408 After having mastectomy may 18,20 – learned a lot. Radiation ruins skin makes it fragile. Did not like necrosis and Redness – Went to WOUND DOC! WOUND DOC! DIFFICULT TO FIND but, different training than other docs!

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@lisman1408 After having mastectomy may 18,20 – learned a lot. Radiation ruins skin makes it fragile. Did not like necrosis and Redness – Went to WOUND DOC! WOUND DOC! DIFFICULT TO FIND but, different training than other docs!

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@lisman1408 OMG, mammo after 6 months! Yikes ?

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@lisman1408 OMG, mammo after 6 months! Yikes ?

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@mari I had to have a mammogram 3 months after surgery and was also quite tender from having hematomas/seromas drained four times that when I went in was so apprehensive, but the mammogram techs were wonderful. They were able to bring the machinery down manually instead of by foot pedal so it was quite gentle. I would suggest anyone ask for it to be done that way if you have any hesitation due to possible pain from mammography.

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@lisman1408 After having mastectomy may 18,20 – learned a lot. Radiation ruins skin makes it fragile. Did not like necrosis and Redness – Went to WOUND DOC! WOUND DOC! DIFFICULT TO FIND but, different training than other docs!

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Thanks for the suggestion.

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@mjay — Hi! I am Dee and I had a lumpectomy in the right breast, with immediate reconstruction in both breasts. My surgery was on 19 Nov 2019. On 21 Nov I had to go back for emergency surgery due to a hematoma in the left breast. I cannot describe the pain I suffered — Unimaginable! And had NO idea it would be this way! In Feb 2020, I started 24 radiation treatments in the right breast. It went pretty well; I was lucky and had minor "burns" on the skin and "Follicolitis" only after the last 4 (strong) sessions. It is nearly all gone.

My healing has been very slow even in the left breast, which didn't get the radiations. I do feel the pain/burning and also "hear" the noise of "internal tears" when I move or stretch. I "massage" the scar areas to cause the internal scar tissue to gently break up and slowly heal. I learned to do so 2-years ago when I broke my wrist and had surgery to repair the bones and tendons. The Physical Therapist told me to do that. I did and my right wrist and hand are perfect! However, the breasts are a different matter. Clearly, they are more tender; also, this whole thing came as a total surprise, as I imagine it did to all the other ladies/men on this site.

It will end — Some of us just need a little more time, which, when combine with the great support and information we receive from other members of this group, will make you feel so much better! Thanks to all, you all are great!!

Stay safe!

–Dee

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