strange lactation issue

BJayeCo Member Posts: 13
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
I have a strange symptom and not certain which doctor to ask.I am 42 yrs old, femail, I had a radical mastectomy left side 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, my remaining breast began producing milk. I've always produced colostrum, even prior to my 2 children/pregnancies;but I've never heard of this side effect of surgery. Has anyone ever heard of this type of side effect? It seems strange to me that surgery could produce this type of hormone stimulation to my remaining breast. Honestly, I'm a bit embarrassed to start calling my various doctors to ask about this, but can't find any info on it. Thanks, BJaye


  • DeeNY711
    DeeNY711 Member Posts: 476 Member
    There is never any need for you to be embarrassed about asking a physician any question. Perhaps a good place to start would be with a call to your gynecologist, but you need to make your oncologist aware as well.
  • inkblot
    inkblot Member Posts: 698 Member
    Hi BJaye:

    I'm not sure if you mean that your breast is enlarging and actually filling with milk (as in following childbirth) or that you're having discharge?

    I do know that there is a condition called "Duct
    Ecstasia", wherein the breast may excrete a tiny amount of milk-like substance when the nipple is squeezed, as in the procedure one may do during a self breast exam or when the doctor is doing same.
    My cousin had that for many years. We're the same age, grew up very close and talk about absolutely everything comfortably, so that's how I became aware of it. In her case it was not dangerous and didn't need treatment, etc.. However, she only had the discharge when she did self exams or her gyn did them. I do recall her doctor telling her to notify him immediately if the fluid ever became bloody or changed consistency, color, etc.. It never changed and eventually stopped when she was about 45 years old.

    Please inform your doctor's, as there's a test they can do...I believe it's called a prolactin test, to determine if it is hormone stimulated. Remember to tell them your history of producing colostrum as well. Could it possibly be related to the anesthesia or some other drug you were given during or following surgery? It's also possible that your oncologist and/or surgeon may know exactly what it is, once you describe it to them. You may not even have to go in...just speak to them by phone first and go from there.

    Try not to feel uncomfortable and just get right to it and have it over. One of those "grin and bear it" situations but I know you'll feel better once the problem is addressed.

    Keep us posted and good luck.

    Love, light and laughter,