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Does anyone have scar tissue or lumps under their lumpectomy scar?

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I have noticed that I have one lump under my lumpectomy scar. It might have been there for awhile and I just didn't notice it. Is it probably just scar tissue? Do the rest of you have any scar tissue or are your incisions free of it?

Leeza

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I have scar tissue at both sites - lumpectomy and underarm (nodes removed there) incisions. And scar tissue can continue to change/develop for quite some time after surgery. Which can, of course, cause worry. My own "invasive" treatment was surgery, chemo & rads. Radiation also causes changes in the tissues. After all of that was done (over 5 years ago), it was at least a year before my breast became what it remains today.

In general, some folks simply heal better (less scarring) than others. And some develop more. We're all different...

Be sure to point out your concerns to your doctor at your next follow up appointment.

Kind regards, Susan

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I am not glad that you have scar tissue, but, it was worrying me, so, it was good to see that it isn't just me. The only surgery I have ever had was the lumpectomy and my plastic surgeon never really mentioned scar tissue. I did have radiation this fall too. Does massage or anything help it to go away? I will bring it up to my doctor as it does worry me. Thank you.

Hugs, Leeza

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Some lumps developed in the area of my mastectomy scar. My surgeon removed them and they were benign (scar tissue). It's good to have it checked out. xoxoxox Lynn

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should I have this lump removed? Or, just leave it in and keep an eye on it? I will tell my doctor, but, should I call him like this week or something? Thanks Lynn.

Hugs, Leeza

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Leeza, If it is bothering you, call, so you can set your mind at rest. You will get the best information from your doctor. I am sorry that you are worried about this. My lumps were very tiny, much smaller than a pea. xoxoxo Lynn

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Thank you Lynn. This one lump is very tiny too, but, it is bothering me. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow and just see what he says. Maybe I can get in this week for him to see me and to reassure me hopefully. Thanks!

Hugs, Leeza

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Sounds like a good plan. My prayers are with you. xoxoxox Lynn

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My surgeon just told me to get use to the new me and as time goes on it could continue to change.

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So, you have some scar tissue lumps too Kat? And, your surgeon just said to leave them alone? Not have them removed? And, if he said they might change, maybe, this lump will go away. Maybe I should try to get in to see my surgeon too. I hate to be acting like a baby, but, I just keep feeling it now that I have found it and it worried me.

Hugs, Leeza

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I have a very tiny bump or lump under my lumpectomy scar too and didn't know what to do about it. I probably should call my doctor too. Let me know what you find out Leeza.

Megan

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Leeza, I also have lumps near my scar. My surgeon said she moved a lot of tissue around in there the make me more even. I've been told it takes a year after treatment for you breast to calm down and be your new normal.

As we've all said everyone is different so I think you should call your doctor so you can be sure and put your mind at ease.

Sher

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I have some too Leeza. Like Sher said, the doctors move a lot of our tissue around, so, I think probably everyone has some scar tissue. But, you should call your doctor so that you feel better about it.

Angie

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I will let you know Megan what I find out. I called my doctor and the nurse will call me back. It is probably normal, but, it just scares me to have even one small lump.

Hi Sher. I wish none of us had these lumps because they are scary. I did call my doctor and the nurse just called back with an appointment. I see him this Thursday. Hopefully, this will get me some relief.

Leeza

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Leeza, I was happy to read that you have an appointment and that soon your mind can be set at rest. xoxoxoxo Lynn

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I had a lumpectomy in April then radiation which ended in July. I also have a couple of lumps which my oncologist says are scar tissue; she said some people just develop more than others. I see the surgeon next week and will bring it up with him, too. As far as massage helping, my onc. says yes, it's a good thing. The first time the massage therapist worked on it, I was sore for 3 days. So she's been easier on it since then and it definitely has helped loosen up the scar tissue.

I'd mentioned to the onc. that I seemed to have less flexibility in the arm when stretching up to the top cupboard shelf, etc., again that "some people do have more problems", i.e., we're all different! She also said that I'd probably have to continue to do stretching exercises for my arm/chest the rest of my life (i'd gotten away from the habit).

Leeza, do let us know what your doctor says when you see him.
-rainbow4

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Be sure and let us know what you find out Thursday. I bet it is scar tissue. Usually a surgeon can remove it for you if you want, but, it can also come back from what I have been told. Try to relax and think good positive thoughts as we are all praying for you!

Love, Jeanne ♥

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It's like a bag of marbles in there.......... Onco appt 20th fingers crossed.......... Hugs Jzz xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Leeza, I think that most people do have some sort of scar tissue or lump with almost any incision and probably especially with a lumpectomy as they have to take out tissue and there is a void. Let us know what your doc says. Good luck.

KYLEZ ♥

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I have a lump, feels like a small pea, pretty deep (I have an implant) under my mastectomy scar. I have made my surgeon check it four times in the last 9 months. He says he's sure it's a suture scar. I am trusting his judgment but I check the lump each week to make sure it isn't getting bigger. I feel better to know that others have benign lumps too. Do have it checked.

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Hi, I was reading this thread because I just found a knot in my lumpectomy scar. Going to the surgeon to have it looked at today after showing it to my onc. Sort of nervous...thanks for posting your own issues with this!

disneyfan2008
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mine you can hardly tell where the cut was...so other then mis-shaped my is hardly noticeable

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Saw the surgeon yesterday about my new lump...he just felt it and said he wasn't sure if it is scar tissue or something else. I am scheduled for lumpectomy again next Friday, the 20th...
Had a crying spell, and bought myself a pearl ring...retail therapy...

1acme
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I had my Lumpectomy Mid February and my scar tissue felt like I have a sausage there, plus my scar after lymphs note removed changed color to be Purple/Blue.

My surgeon told me that how body is dealing with surgery and changes will occur for some time HOWEVER he recommended to use Bio-Oil to moisturise skin.

I could see some major improvements with massaging Bio-Oil daily.
(A) my scar color changed to be more Reddish the Blue/Purple and
(B) my boob also change texture and it is still "Lumpy-Bumpy" but it feels lesser then before.
I personally believe that Bio-Oil works but important is also a massage the oil in. It takes me about 10 minutes daily to massage my boob and I can see quite a bit improvement in texture (scar tissue) and color of scar.

Good luck

Helen

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Thanks! I will be glad when the report comes back...surgery Friday, probably report by next Wednesday I hope!
I will try that Bio-Oil...
Sybil

deeb111
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oh most certainly feels like my left breast is one big lump from lumpectomy and reduction hope its not permanent cause its not a walk in the park you know

RozHopkins
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I was on another sight and there were many comments on lumps etc near the scar area. Naturally a lot of these were our bodies just mending thank goodness. However, there were more than a fair share of further cancer found. I was VERY surprised especially as most had had mastectomies and found them from only weeks after surgery up to many years. So watch out, dont mean to frighten anyone, just go with your gut feeling.

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I agree with RozHopkins. We should check out lumps near lumpectomy scars. Mine was removed last Friday, and the biopsy report is just back---ONLY SCAR TISSUE!! YEAH!! (size of a half dollar though...)
Even though my report was good, we who are survivors have to be vigilant and follow up on any lumps or bumps. We also have to keep our appointments and testing up to date.
YEAH! Just wanted to share my good news, and words of advice. Thanks to those who "listened" to me here....

EllenaMaria
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Yeah CAchick! I scrolled down quickly to see if you had your results. So glad for you and your hubby too.

After all this treatment it is like having a whole new breast, well more like different. Now that I have had my post treatment mammograms I can see what is supposed to be there and what is not. Still unnerving. The radiologist who went over my recent mammogram with me told me that from now on I have the golden ticket to be checked out whenever I feel something is not right. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Thank you so much for the support! I am fairly new to this site, but I really love it! Having people with personal knowledge of all of this to discuss issues with is great.
Thanks again for caring!
Sybil

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Sorry posted more than once...computer slow so I clicked twice...

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Thank you so much for the support! I am fairly new to this site, but I really love it! Having people with personal knowledge of all of this to discuss issues with is great.
Thanks again for caring!
Sybil

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