You MUST ask your doctor or health plan to locate a specialist in Lymphnode massage after breast cancer. It cannot be done by you unless you have been given special training. It ought to cost relatively nothing w/a prescription. Also, get fitted right-a-way for a special sleeve to wear -- almost all the time if you are getting such swelling.
You MUST look for information on-line or in the library for lymphodemia. After removal (I also had 17 removed) the glands usually cannot empty the toxic fluid that is accumulating and what causes the swelling. Warning: if you do not attend to this now sometimes the swelling won't go away easily and in some cases an arm can swell to 2 to 3 times its size.
PLEASE inform yourself and get medical help. Don't ignore!! I don't mean to scare you, but this is a danger for all of us who have been through this. It can manifest early or sometimes not for years. Educating yourself is the most important thing you can do right now.
Thank you again, Jenna. It seems she will need 6-1.2 weeks of radiation, some P-T, and Tamoxefin. I just read recently that this pill causes a 'fogginess of the brain'. Any information regarding this? I believe she will not undergo chemo since any persons we know/knew with this treatment passed with pneumonia and other low-immune diseases. She is coming to terms recently that this does interrupt one's life and focuses on a new way of looking at it. She has already cancelled one trip with her husband -- and I believe he is also beginning to see his life as having to do some things differently. Only time will tell. Interesting she was recommended to read Dr. Susan Love's book on Breast Cancer -- wherein she says that this disease either makes or breaks a marriage.
thanking you and all others for helping me help her. phylView Thread
Thank you, Jenna, and all. My sister's surgery was yesterday. Unfortunately the doctor found cancer in the sentinel node. By Friday he'll have the pathology report to see if more surgery is necessary, and in any event what therapies will be necessary. She's been on HRT for 13 years. I cautioned her about this because it was caused my breast cancer 15 years ago. It breaks my heart. She's 11 years younger that I am -- I call her my 'first-born'. Thanks again for allowing my to feel! PhylView Thread
Thank you both! My sister has asked the doctor but didn't get a firm answer -- depending upon the surgery's findings. But I think all things considered two weeks might be that magic number. I remember my experience was also stretching the arm and being concerned about lymphedemas (spelling?).
I'll pass these to my sister. Thank you again!! pgnView Thread
Dr. Susan Love has chapters regarding this. I'm glad I read it because as far as my experience was/is concerned she was spot-on: Breast Cancer will either make or break your marriage. My husband couldn't get close to me after I was diagnosed and completed. We stayed together a dozen years after, but it repulsed him. Even -- in my case -- with marriage counseling I had to divorce him. With friends of mine their marriage became closer! Get counseling as soon as possible, if not both of you then at least for yourself.View Thread
Please consult with your doctor, after lympgh node removal the possibility for lymphedemia is great. My arm -- beginning from my wrist began to swell and had to get a prescription for an arm sleeve and specialized massage to get rid of the fluid. This has to be attended to immediately!! Swelling under the arm after the operation is normal, but get information with your local American Cancer Society regarding this and then see your physician. The sleeve must be worn when you fly, and sometimes all the time. Once the arm begins to swell without such sleeve and massage, it can become chronic!View Thread
I had radiation 15 years ago after lumpectomy with lymphnode removal: 5xweek for 6 weeks. It is very tiring; one must keep up their nutrition and get a lot of rest. During the final weeks, I had to work part time. I think I returned to work too early. And I've just posted a question about recuperation, and what is ideal time return to 'normal' schedule. I might add that one doesn't lookView Thread