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tamoxifen and breast swelling

Marymomof3
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Joined: Apr 2003

Has anyone noticed any physical changes to their breast while on tamoxifen? My side with the lumpectomy/radiation appears to be getting fuller/larger while the other breast is not. It's been 2 months since the end of radiation so I'm not sure if it's from that - the swelling from radiation seemed to go away after a few weeks. By the way, if anyone told me I'd be describing my breast on an internet site a year ago, I'd have told them they're crazy! LOL

ksfc
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Joined: Apr 2002

I bet it's the radiation. My breast started swelling about 2 months afterwards and then there were some changes in texture. I'm 9 months away from rads now and although they had hoped it would settle down, I still have swelling as well as fluid retention, much like lymphadema in your arm.
I did have a bout of cellulitis, vasculitis with this so if you notice anything that looks like an infection, make sure you talk to your doctor so you can be treated. Other than that, it's just one of the lovely side effects of rads and hopefully yours won't last as long as mine has.
I'm large breasted and they did tell me that it's harder to get the fluid to leave larger breasts.
That makes sense I guess. Good luck! Diane

Marymomof3
Posts: 24
Joined: Apr 2003

Thanks Diane. I didn't realize the breast swelling could continue for months after radiation. Mary

ksfc
Posts: 252
Joined: Apr 2002

Neither did I Mary. It's amazing how these treatments just keep on giving :-) Diane

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