After chemotherapy

Hi,I have just finished chemotherapy for breast cancer and am awaiting surgery.I finished chemo nearly 2 weeks ago and have benn having slight pains every now and again in the breast,it feels like the pain you get just before a an achy pain.Is this normal?

  • Hi Hebra84,

    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the online community. My name is Rachel and I’m one of the cancer information nurses on the Macmillan support line.

    I’m sorry to see that you’re experiencing breast pain since completing your chemotherapy, noticing any kind of change when you’re going through cancer treatment can be worrying and I can appreciate that you’d like to know if this is normal.

    Some types of chemotherapy can cause side effects including muscle aches and pains in different parts of the body. Breast pain specifically, isn’t a documented side effect of chemotherapy, although it is sometimes discussed on patient forums.

    On this platform we can’t say what may be causing your pain. We’d always suggest you discuss any new or worsening symptoms with your team, they are best placed to assess you and identify the cause of your pain. If you have a Breast nurse, you could give them a call. If they aren’t available or the pain is worsening, you should call the 24-hour cancer treatment helpline number you were given when you started treatment, they will be able to advise you.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Please don’t hesitate to get back in contact by e mail, webchat or phone if you need further information or support.

    The Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial and emotional support. You can call us free from landlines and from most mobile phone networks on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm.

    Best wishes,


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