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

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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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@mjay

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

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Medicare and my $ supplement pd. Don’t know if hmo would pay. I believe in paying for Best insurance. Hassle free!

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@mjay

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

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Why did u stop H oxygen?

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@mari

Why did u stop H oxygen?

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What was h o for?

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same here, exactly. I healed it in 3 days with fucidin, as they were going to cancel my radiation for the 3rd time.

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@jeaniebean

same here, exactly. I healed it in 3 days with fucidin, as they were going to cancel my radiation for the 3rd time.

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Fucidin sounds interesting

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It is a prescription cream for diabetics. They dont heal well. It was healed in 3 days.

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