What can I expect after breast cancer surgery?
It’s normal to have pain and discomfort for the first week or so around the wound site. You may also have pain in your armpit (axilla) if you had surgery to your lymph nodes. Some people have a tingling feeling or tightness around the scar. This usually gets better, but it can take a few weeks.
How long does pain last after breast cancer surgery?
The skin around the cut (incision) may feel firm, swollen, and tender, and be bruised. Tenderness should go away in about 2 or 3 days, and the bruising within 2 weeks. Firmness and swelling may last for 3 to 6 months. You may feel a soft lump in your breast that gradually turns hard.
What are the side effects of surgery for breast cancer?
Side effects of surgery
- Shoulder stiffness.
- Numbness and tingling.
- Change in breast, nipple or arm sensation.
Do and don’ts after breast surgery?
Refrain from getting your breasts wet – either in a bath, shower or pool, for the first weeks after your surgery. Don’t smoke. Smoking negatively impacts your body’s ability to heal after a surgery. Don’t wear an underwire bra, which can not only be painful but also prevent your breast implants from settling properly.
What is the best bra to wear after breast cancer surgery?
Wearing a soft, front-closing sports bra is a better option after breast reconstruction. Do not use an underwire bra for many months after reconstruction, and remove the underwire from any bras you wear during this time.
Is it normal to have pain after breast cancer surgery?
You’re not alone in having pain after breast surgery. Studies of women who had a variety of breast cancer operations found that between 25 and 60 percent reported some level of pain or sensations after breast surgery.
Why Does My breast hurt after surgery?
It can happen after any type of breast surgery, including a lumpectomy (wide local excision), mastectomy, lymph node removal and breast reconstruction. The pain is usually caused by bruising, stretching or damage to nerves during surgery or when scar tissue forms.
What are the drawbacks of breast cancer treatment?
These long-term and late side effects may include:
- Pain and numbness (peripheral neuropathy)
- Dental issues.
- Musculoskeletal symptoms.
- Bone loss and osteoporosis.
- Heart problems.
Can you fully recover from breast cancer?
Most people fully recover with treatment. Talk with your doctor if you develop any new symptoms after radiation therapy or if the side effects are not going away.
Is breast cancer curable after surgery?
Although surgery is very unlikely to cure breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, it can still be helpful in some situations, either as a way to slow the spread of the cancer, or to help prevent or relieve symptoms from it.