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question on new blood vessels forming and swelling

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Hello everyone. Has anyone noticed new formation of blood vessels near their tumors or swelling? The fancy term is angiogenesis. In my case, I noticed a lot of blood vessels at the surface of my skin. I am usually a nurse's worst nightmare. I have horrible tiny veins that hide and blow and oftentimes, I have needed flight nurses to come and find the darn things! Now, I have lots of blood vessels all over that area and I don't even need a band around my arm to see them. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this oddity. I guess perhaps I should explain the rest of my situation. I have blood pressure issues and I am required to take my blood pressure several times a day. I noticed that I was having a hard time getting a reading on my left arm. I felt around and noticed a small lump. Over the past 5 weeks, I have grown 8 new blood vessels around the area. I have one that is actually curving around some swelling I have on the top of my forearm. The swelling is shaped like an egg. The swelling is also expanding above the crease of my elbow. I have horrible pain that is for the most part a constant dull ache. However, it builds over time of a few hours and feels like my arm is going to explode and then the pain goes back to being a dull ache. I am going to see the only soft tissue sarcoma doctor in my state in a week. I am just curious to know if any of you have experienced this too. None of the other physicians I have seen can even had any experience with any of the symptoms I was having. Thanks!

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Dear persephonie,

We encourage you to call our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345 for this information. We have cancer information specialists available around the clock. They might be able to answer your questions.

Be well,
Your CSN Staff

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