Mar 06, 2012 - 8:46 pm
I've got the orange peel skin thing going on (peau d'orange). My breast is red and warm to the touch. It aches almost all the time. I've also got a lump about half way between my breast and armpit.
I had a partial mastectomy back in September. Then I did radiation. No chemo.
I've been back to the doctor several times about this. The radiation oncologist sent me back to the surgeon. The surgeon put me on antibiotics twice. They didn't seem to make much difference. So, here I am, about 5 weeks since first finding this and the ultra sound finally showed something. Just a dark spot. Prior to this all you could see was that the tissue wasn't "right." I had a mammogram last week and everything looked as it should according to the radiologist. Lots of scar tissue from the radiation and surgery.
So, finally, my question. Isn't peau d'orange also associated with generalized swelling that I might still be experiencing from having had the radiation? I finished radiation at the end of November. Maybe there shouldn't be any swelling at this point. I just don't know. You would think that with the medical oncologist and the surgeon both seeing this that if it was cancer someone would have said something to me by now. Or maybe this is swelling caused from lymphoedema. I know that no one here can really give me an answer to this one but if you have a similar story, I'd love to hear it.