CSN Login
Members Online: 22

Worried about local recurrance

PennyJ's picture
PennyJ
Posts: 31
Joined: Dec 2012

Hello Everyone,

I have been reading the breast cancer discussion board for a while now, but this is my first post.  I was diagnosed w/ IDC in Nov 2011 (11cm mass), did chemo,had a bilateral mastectomy (4 positive nodes out of 18) and finished radiation in May 2012.  I just had my expanders exchanged for silicone implants in Oct 2012.  So far, so good, until I noticed a smaller than eraser sized raised red area on my left incision line yesterday (the side w/ the breast cancer).  I'm hoping it is just a stitch that didn't disolve, but I can't help but think about a local recurrance (they could only get a 0.5mm clear margin during surgery).  Have any of you had a local recurrance?  What did it look like and how was it treated?  Did it change your prognosis?  I hate to be a nervous Nellie but I am feeling kind of scared.  I'd appreciate any thoughts you have, thanks!

smalldoggroomer's picture
smalldoggroomer
Posts: 1181
Joined: May 2010

I haven't had this experience but I know some one will be along that does. But I am thinking that there is allot of things it could be Scare tissue , stitch, May things. I would try not to worry to much. I'm sure it will be nothing. You didn't say if it was sore or inflammed red any of that. I wish you all the best. Your in my prayers Darling,

smalldoggroomer's picture
smalldoggroomer
Posts: 1181
Joined: May 2010

I haven't had this experience but I know some one will be along that does. But I am thinking that there is allot of things it could be Scare tissue , stitch, May things. I would try not to worry to much. I'm sure it will be nothing. You didn't say if it was sore or inflammed red any of that. I wish you all the best. Your in my prayers Darling,

weazer's picture
weazer
Posts: 440
Joined: Mar 2010

From time oo time my scare under my arm gets real sore, and then it just goes away.

Call Dr. tomorrow to set your mind at ease.

Take care Karie

camul's picture
camul
Posts: 2079
Joined: Dec 2010

along the scar about 6 months after my mastectomy, it ended up being scar tissue forming. It was removed when I had exchange surgery.  Have your doctor look at it just to be on the safe side. 

Welcome to this site, there are great people on this board and usually when I have questions, I can get them answered just by reading others posts! 

Best to you and Merry Christmas,

Carol

 

lynn1950's picture
lynn1950
Posts: 2573
Joined: Jun 2008

I was a nervous nelly when two small bumps appeared near my incision line about a year post mastectomy.  I went to my surgeon and they were removed and biopsied.  Scar tissue!  Best of luck to you.  xoxoxo Lynn

 

PennyJ's picture
PennyJ
Posts: 31
Joined: Dec 2012

Thank you ladies so much for your support and kind thoughts!  I haven't heard back from the surgeon yet, but I think the area is a bit smaller than it was on Christmas eve.  My husband and son have been through so much with my illness that I didn't want to scare them with my worries, so I sure appreciate all of you lending an ear.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Alexis F's picture
Alexis F
Posts: 3604
Joined: May 2009

Did you see your breast surgeon and what did you find out Penny?  Praying for you!

Hugs, Lex

disneyfan2008
Posts: 5396
Joined: Oct 2010

I had lumpectomy in 2008-about 3 mths ago i went to mammo & an ultra sound (only my 2nd one). Mammos were fine but they saw a SPOT on ultrasound. I had biopsy and said all is good-NO cancer but see a surgeon. I had another Lumpectomy (same side) 4 wks ago. GOOD news ( I thought may  help you a bit ) is "IT was scar tissue". TO ME it was worth the surgery-JUST TO KNOW!

 

Denise

PennyJ's picture
PennyJ
Posts: 31
Joined: Dec 2012

you got good news!  I completely agree that whatever you need to do for piece of mind is really worth it.

PennyJ's picture
PennyJ
Posts: 31
Joined: Dec 2012

Thank you ladies for your posts!  I have my regular 3 month check up on Thursday and couldn't get in with the plastic surgeon sooner, so I decided to wait for that.  In the meantime, the area I was worried about flattened out and became less red, so I'm thinking maybe a little inflammation or something like that?  I don't feel anything there except the thick tissue from the scar and the radiation.  I will let you know later on Thursday and meanwhile I will just keep my fingers crossed for scar tissue.  Thanks again!  Penny

Noel's picture
Noel
Posts: 3101
Joined: Apr 2009

What did you find out Penny?  Praying for you!

PennyJ's picture
PennyJ
Posts: 31
Joined: Dec 2012

I saw my breast surgeon and the medical oncologist on Thursday and they both thought that it was probably an inflammed gland or pore and nothing to worry about.  I haven't gotten the lab results from the tumor markers yet, but everything else looked good and I have graduated to every 6 month visits!  That feels like a real acheivement.  Thank you all for your concern, it really helped.  Most of the time I am ok about the future and feel really lucky to be done w/ active treatment, but every now and then the risk of recurrence thing just gets really scarey for a little while.

survivorbc09
Posts: 4378
Joined: Jun 2009

Very good news! I am happy for you!

Hugs, Jan

Gabe N Abby Mom's picture
Gabe N Abby Mom
Posts: 2415
Joined: Sep 2010

Penny, I am so happy for you!   For future reference I have had local recurrences (yes, plural).  The first was resolved with an additional surgery.  The second current one, we are treating with chemo.  (There isn't enough tissue left to remove it surgically, and the area has already been radiated.)

And a local recurrence isn't so bad.  Like the original dx, you deal with it one step at a time.  Again, I am really happy for you!

Hugs,

Linda

 

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network