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I was diagnosed with Grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma HER2+ in October 2016 at the age of 25 in my Left breast. I was treated first with Chemotherapy, then I went on to have a Wide Local Excision with a Lymph Node Biopsy (June 2017) and subsequently being treated with Radiotherapy (July 2017). Is it still normal for the breast to still be quite tender and hard?
Hi Joanna (rose_bird)
Thanks for getting in touch with us and welcome back to our Online Community.
It’s natural to question if the hardness and tenderness that you’re experiencing in your breast is normal, especially as you have finished your treatments almost 2 years ago.
Surgery and radiotherapy can cause these symptoms to happen. For most people they tend to settle down, however there are some who still experience them years after treatment has finished.
We would always advise that if anyone has new, persistent or worsening symptoms that they are seen by a doctor and checked. Have you seen your oncologist recently? Or mentioned this to your doctor? If not, we would recommend that you give your breast care nurse or hospital team a call so that you can be properly assessed.
I can see that daloni, one of our Community Champions has suggested that you join our breast cancer group. It’s good to see that you have joined other groups too, as there is nothing quite like the support that you can get from others who know what it’s like.
We also have other ways that we can support you. Our Support Line is open every day from 8am till 8pm if you wanted to give us a call and talk to one of our nurses.
Best wishes and take care.
Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.
Thank you for your reply, I have found this information helpful. I have got in contact with my breast care team and for my own peace of mind they are sending out an appointment letter to be examined. I am also due to have a MRI scan of the breast next month.
Good morning Joanna (rose_bird)
Thanks for getting back in touch with us and updating us on what’s happening with you.
I’m glad you found my reply helpful and that you managed to get in touch with your breast care nurse. Hopefully everything will be okay, and that your MRI scan results will confirm your symptoms are due to the surgery and radiotherapy.
Please don't hesitate to get back in touch and let us know how you get on.
Ellen- Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.
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