Re excision today after lumpectomy two weeks ago

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Just home and my boob is really swollen, hard and sore 

this wasn’t the case after my original lumpectomy at all

fine otherwise no temperature

is this normal / from my recollection it feels a bit like when your boob gets blocked when you are breast feeding kind of?? Feel like I want to put a warm

compress on it?  

  • Hi c22,

    I am Sharon, one of the nurses on the Macmillan Cancer Support Line. Thank you for getting in touch with us. I am pleased that you feel you can ask us for advice.

    It is important for you to seek advice and an assessment from your hospital team about this without delay, so that they can rule out infection and offer whatever treatment they feel is appropriate.

    There are various complications that can happen after having breast surgery, including infection in the surgical wound, which would require antibiotics. Some women get a build-up of serous fluid or blood around the operation site, which can cause the symptoms that you describe. These usually resolve on their own, but can be drained if they are painful.

    Your hospital team will be able to assess the cause of the swelling, and dependent on the cause suggest ways of alleviating the symptoms.

    If you think it would be useful to talk things through, please feel free to call us on 0808 808 0000. Breast Cancer Now also have their own support line, where you can speak to a specialist breast care nurse.

    Kind regards,


    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

    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. Ref; SA/FP

  • Thankyou

    Im in touch with my BCN

  • Hi just to let you know it was a bleed

    Was brought back in straight away to have it sorted - another small operation - but seems so much better

    thankyou for the advice