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Lumps 4 months after Lumpectomy

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rrogers34
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I hate to be a nervous nelly, but, I had a lumpectomy Dec 9th 2009, It was Stage 1, Ductal Invasive 1.5 cm and Hormone Positive & Her2 postivie. I have my last chemo this comming Tuesday. I had a lump on the inside of left breast which feels like a ball the size of a walnut. This happened when I held my great neice 10 days post op. The Onc and Surgical Oncol looked at it and dont seemed to be worried. I am scheduled for a re-excision on May 14th (my choice) because my margins were clear but close. I want clear and far away.
My Surgical Onc is going to remove/drain the lump on the inside of my breast. She had already taken fluid out of the outside/lower part of my left breast. Last night I felt another lump there. It feel rubbery but sore. Has anyone had fluid like this so long after a lumpectomy?

Cher123
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I had a seroma (fluid),which I was unaware of, until I had my 6 month mammogram. It became inflamed and opened up a couple of days after. The surgeon opened it a little more in her office and I had to pack it for about 2 weeks so it could heal from the inside. I had some hardness at the incision site, but could not tell there was fluid.

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Ritzy
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I never had fluid build up with my lumpectomy. But, if I ever felt a lump in my breast, I would want it out and tested. Lumps can turn cancerous from what I have been told. The cells can go crazy and that isn't good. Good luck with your surgery in May.

Sue :)

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crselby
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Hi rrogers,
I had my lumpectomy in mid July 2009 and just saw my surgeon for followup yesterday. When I told her about the lumps I feel and how sore they get sometimes, she marked them with a pen, then ultrasounded them. They are fluid filled areas within which there are solid lumps floating, most likely fat! Hah! Since the rest of my breast is soft (that is, there are no hard areas), she seemed OK with seeing me in a year. She said some lumpectomies take years to heal and the seromas inside to 'dry up'. Perhaps because I had internal radiation, there is an expectation of more fluid. I don't know. The cavity she carved out was 10 cm and my breast actually made sloshing sounds for weeks after the surgery, which I found is not all that uncommon!
~~Connie~~

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elm3544
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My lumpectomy was almost a year ago and I still have fluid build up. My Onc. said its normal and if it bothers me he can drain it. I don't want another needle stuck in there so I haven't had it drained.

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