Hi I am 6 years post bilateral mastectomy

Hi I am 6 years post bilateral mastectomy. I have always had discolourisation left side. However, over the past few weeks I have noticed thumb size discolouration with no additional swelling. Should I be worried?

  • Dear  

     Thank you for getting in touch on our Online Community, we hope you are finding this a helpful and supportive space. My name’s Sue and I’m one of the cancer information nurses on the Support Line.

    It’s understandable you may be feeling unsure and whether or not to be worried, having had a bilateral mastectomy 6 years ago. As with any cancer treatment or risk reducing cancer treatment this can lead to uncertainty and worry about any new symptoms which may develop.

    It’s important to remember there are many causes for new symptoms, but we would always encourage speaking to your GP about your concerns. They will be able to assess the area and offer you the right medical advice.

    It’s always recommended following any type of breast cancer surgery and treatment, to continue to be body aware as this helps you to know your own body, and what is normal for you. Breast Cancer Now offer lots of useful information about what symptoms to be aware of and who to talk to, if worried.

    I hope this information is helpful.  If you have any further questions, please get in touch again. You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email or contact us through Webchat

    Best wishes


    Ref: AR /SMG

    Sue Cancer Information Nurse Specialist