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Breast turning red and hot 4 weeks after lumpectomy.

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Today I started getting red and hot on the breast that I just had the lumpectomy. It looks like a sunburn, but I have not started radiation yet. Is this part of the healing process? Please please don't tell me its an infection. I hope not.

Worried,
Kay

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Kay,

You need to call your doctor and get in to see him tomorrow. This is not normal and may be an infection. Please call in the morning and tell them you must be seen. Keep us posted and let us know. I've had infections before so I am very careful.

We are here for you!

((hugs))
Terry

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carkris
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agree with mom62.

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CypressCynthia
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Definitely need to see physician asap.

survivorbc09
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Please call your doctor and get into see him tomorrow!

Jan

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AngieD
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Completely agree with the others! See someone tomorrow--do not wait through the weekend.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Angie

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ladyg
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You need to get to the dr. asap.

Hugs,
Georgia

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Megan M
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I don't want to scare you, but, this isn't normal. Get in to your doctor as soon as possible. Do no wait!

And, let us know.

Megan

disneyfan2008
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DITTO

gerrico1216
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Hi,
I had surgery 3 years ago. I too, had redness they put me on anti-botics for about 2 months. Today, I still have the redness. The warmth comes and goes. They can't explain why, just that's my body. Please see a doctor.

Darlene

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Kat11
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I would think this is a reason for sure to call the doctor !! Hot, Red is never good. Better to be safe. Call.

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VickiSam
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at least that is how my infection to my right TE started. Walk, run, drive to Doctor,
immediately -- PLEASE .. Please ..

Gentle hugs,

Vicki Sam

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Jean 0609
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Hope you were able to get in touch with your doctor. We are concerned. Post when you can.

xoxo

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Hoping that you got in to see your doctor today! He should see you immediately!

Sue :)

Fairemewell
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I am with the rest of the folks here, and I too hope you have been able to see your doctor today.
I have not had my surgery yet, but redness and hotspot on the breast are some of my cancer symptoms. So anyone out there, if you experience this type of occurance please get in to see a dr as soon as possible. It is better to be safe then sorry.
I will keep you in my thoughts today.
I wish you the best of luck with this.

heart-in-hand
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wicked day at work. But, after the day the redness is now just in one place instead of over the whole breast...hurts like heck too. I didn't even think about it all day because work was so bad. When I saw the breast surgeon on Tues. he said that the pain was normal and would not go away for months. But it wasn't red or hot then...so I wonder if it is because I was using a hedge trimmer yesterday and overworked those muscles? If it returns to the whole breast I will call him, per your advice dear sisters. I need you!

Thanks,
Kay

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laughs_a_lot
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to go to an urgent care center over the weekend. Hot skin is a sign of infection. Also you could get sick if you let it go. If we are wrong about our suspicions then no harm done. But if we are right it needs to be taken care of.

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Please still call your doctor. He should know that this happened.

Hugs, Angie

lowenjuls
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I finished my "hard chemo" mid jan, rad end of Mar. I hired a pers trainer end of June, I was lifting weights, doing push ups etc....My left breast (not site of lumpectomy) but lower turned red, I was swollen and the area was HOT. Onc was very concerned, we did biopsy came back neg but due to symptoms there was fear of inflammatory BC. Now I am not allowed to lift, carry, stress out left side at all for 6 months....No matter what, please see your Onc!

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salls41
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I know what infection looks like :) It does sound like an infection. Do not wait PLEASE, I had no idea how serious my infection was and I had not put mine off! So please go to your ER or your urgent care today even if the red is only on the one spot! Don't take any chances. You fought to damn hard to get this healthy why are taking a chance with it???
You know I love ya.
Sandy

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Better Safe than sorry, Even if you think it's nothing to worry about !!!!
Kathy

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Even if the redness is better, you could still have an infection. I hope it isn't, but, call your doctor.

Hugs, Diane

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I know I sound like a broken record, but, you really need to see your doctor. Call him, go the ER, but, do something.

Worried,

Kylez

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Hi Kay -- I hope you called your Dr. so you can have peace of mind and treat whatever needs to be treated. I too had a lumpectomy and had the same side effects you're having except mine was not an infection but a form of edema in the breast. After I finished radiation, which was last Aug. (2011), the hotness and redness continued, and after one year I still feel it. So don't be surprised if this isn't an infection but a form of edema. Did you get drainage after surgery? I didn't. You need to get a straight answer from your Doctor though to figure out what it is. If it is an edema, I was advised to do acupuncture (NOT in the breast, but further away from it). This is something to be discussed with the Dr. as well.

Good luck to you. I hope you feel better very soon.

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Please make the appointment. I hope it's nothing and you end up feeling silly for "bothering" the docs. If it is an infection and your body is dealing with it, it still might need some antibiotic help. You had breast surgery. Infection happens. You need to be concerned and to pay attention to these changes - even if it's "normal healing". Remember, your body hasn't done this before and you really don't know what is normal and what is trouble.

I just felt silly Thursday. I felt something in my right breast. I couldn't decide if it was ok or not. I had a talk with myself and decided it was better to go get it checked and feel silly than to ignore something important and be sorry. I'm not sorry I went even tho the verdict was "normal breast tissue". Whew.

Suzanne

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My breast stayed red for some time after rads and I didn't think much about it, but then my gyno didn't like it several mos later when I saw her and I had cellulitis (sic) and spent many months on antibiotics. Please get it checked.

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How are you now Kay? Any better?

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Dear Kay,

I hope you called your doctor. It's Sunday and how are you doing? Never a good time for something to activate, just before the weekend. Lesson to be learned...red is not a good sign and do not wait till Monday to call the doctor. Always, always, always call the doctor. It is far better to be safe than sorry.

I speak from experience. Infection started on Wednesday (unknown to me), got better, then got worse. Call doctor's office and spoke to nurse on Friday. Wrong decision there as nurse did not feel that I had an infection. Saturday while taking a shower the infection burst through my skin.

Hope you are okay.

Lots of Hugs,
Janelle

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I am shocked just at how many have infection these days, was unheard of for my early years. I too have had infection and how quickly it can turn into a raging blood infection so this is nothing to play around with. Septisemia a reality I am afraid.
Also infection lies dorment until our body becomes the perfect host and that is when our immune systems are trashed by chemo or illness.
Don't take any chances. Be your own best advocate,
Tara

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So glad that everything will be ok now for you.

Very gentle hugs,

Megan

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Kay, anytime you have something that's not right, like this was, please always call your doctor and don't wait. That's why we pay them. That's the way I look at it. lol

Hugs, Diane

survivorbc09
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Hoping that you are much better by now.

Hugs, Jan

disneyfan2008
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checking back in for update...

Denise

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Is your breast better now Kay? I sure hope so!

Hugs

heart-in-hand
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That will settle my mind. I will post after.

Kay

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Good! I am glad you're seeing your doctor. We will all be watching for your update.

Good luck!

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Waiting for an update .. Fingers crossed that everything is okay.

Vicki Sam

heart-in-hand
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Thankfully it was not an infection. I didn't have a drain but had to go weekly to have fluid removed. The exercise I had the day before caused more fluid to accumulate and the doctor said that is what caused the redness. He said there was no infection. This was the last time I will see him until next April.

Thank you to everyone for your concern!
xoxoxo
Kay

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So thankful that it wasn't an infection. Thanks for updating us. Try to take it easy!

Hugs, Kylez

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Kylez
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So thankful that it wasn't an infection. Thanks for updating us. Try to take it easy!

Hugs, Kylez

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I'm not glad that you have edema in your breast, but, it is good news that you don't have an infection.

Hoping you are better soon,

Diane

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Whew! Thanks for seeing your doctor and thanks for letting us know what you found out!

Sue :)

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Kay, this is good news. Thanks for the update as we were all worried about you.

Hugs, Leeza

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Like the others wrote, we are all relieved. Thank you for the post updating us! Keep us informed of how you're doing.

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Very good news!

Take care,

Noel

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