Lumpectomy scar healing time

Posted by mjay @mjay, Jun 18, 2020

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

@mari

@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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@mari

@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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@danielad

@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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@danielad
Hi Dee – I had to go back four times to have hematoma/seroma removed following the first lumpectomy. After the second surgery where most of my breasts were removed (went from DDD down to A), was required to have 30 radiation treatments. I'm wondering if what you are feeling is the ridge that one can get from radiation. To me, it felt like a ridge of cement. My physical therapist showed me how to do lymphatic drainage massage and this helps keep the area softened. I, too, did massage for the scars, but the radiation effect causing the ridge area is different.

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@danielad

@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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Oh, thank you for your kind words, Dee! I’m sorry you had to go through the ordeal and pain but am very to happy that you are on the mend and found a way to help heal. Thanks for sharing. I feel better just knowing I’m not the only one. Blessings to you!

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Thank you, Dee! You made me feel less stressed…and any less stress these days is a great thing for all of us! I am finally healing properly. My docs didn't seem that concerned, but I did get some sulfa cream to put on the wound and that seemed to do the trick. All the best to you!

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@danielad

@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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I cant believe how similar our stories are. I had a fall in the hospital when my blood pressure dropped. The healing took forever, delaying my radiation, and the hematoma was huge, beachball boob. I then had to have a defibrilation as the wound kept coming apart and could not get in to hospital because of covid. Finally got in and had radiation 6 months later.. Today I am searching how to heal the scar tissue as I cant tell if I have scar tissue or another lump. I will try the massage! Hope your journey gets better for you.

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For those who are having issues with healing their wounds, please have your Vitamin C level checked to be sure you’re getting sufficient Vitamin C, which is the vitamin responsible for wound healing. It also is a cancer preventative and has many other benefits. I suffered from acid reflux so cut out anything acidic and stopped taking supplements because it upset my stomach. Before my BC diagnosis, my Vitamin C level was almost nil, but my stomach could not tolerate any supplement, including buffered Vit C. After my surgery and radiation, the wound was not healing appropriately, and I was experiencing swelling that was attributed to the lymph node removal. Eventually the wound healed but it was tenuous at best with pain and swelling. One year post surgery, and now that my stomach is doing better, I started taking a Vit C powder derived from acerola cherries which is a less acidic form. I take one scoop or 675 mg per day diluted in about 65 ozs. of water to avoid stomach irritation. I drink about 16 ozs. in the AM on an empty stomach, which is how Vit C is absorbed best and sip the balance throughout the day so it stays in my system longer. I can see my wound looking so much better and the swelling of the breast has noticeably gone down as well. I have no doubt my delayed healing was because my body was not being nourished with this key essential vitamin. Hopefully this helps one other person who has trouble healing. 🌸

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@mjay

For those who are having issues with healing their wounds, please have your Vitamin C level checked to be sure you’re getting sufficient Vitamin C, which is the vitamin responsible for wound healing. It also is a cancer preventative and has many other benefits. I suffered from acid reflux so cut out anything acidic and stopped taking supplements because it upset my stomach. Before my BC diagnosis, my Vitamin C level was almost nil, but my stomach could not tolerate any supplement, including buffered Vit C. After my surgery and radiation, the wound was not healing appropriately, and I was experiencing swelling that was attributed to the lymph node removal. Eventually the wound healed but it was tenuous at best with pain and swelling. One year post surgery, and now that my stomach is doing better, I started taking a Vit C powder derived from acerola cherries which is a less acidic form. I take one scoop or 675 mg per day diluted in about 65 ozs. of water to avoid stomach irritation. I drink about 16 ozs. in the AM on an empty stomach, which is how Vit C is absorbed best and sip the balance throughout the day so it stays in my system longer. I can see my wound looking so much better and the swelling of the breast has noticeably gone down as well. I have no doubt my delayed healing was because my body was not being nourished with this key essential vitamin. Hopefully this helps one other person who has trouble healing. 🌸

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I had necrosis from having radiation in 1996. New cancers in same breast this year. Wound dr. ordered me to go for Hyperbaric Oxygen. Wound healed dramatically EVERY DAY!

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I ended up getting fucidin, a skin repair prescription that my sister uses for her cuts, (she is diabetic and doesnt heal) before mine finally closed, allowing me to have my radiation.

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@mari

I had necrosis from having radiation in 1996. New cancers in same breast this year. Wound dr. ordered me to go for Hyperbaric Oxygen. Wound healed dramatically EVERY DAY!

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That’s great news! I did try HO, although not for the recommended amount of times. So happy for you!

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@mari

I had necrosis from having radiation in 1996. New cancers in same breast this year. Wound dr. ordered me to go for Hyperbaric Oxygen. Wound healed dramatically EVERY DAY!

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Can you let us know if insurance paid for your oxygen treatments, please?

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