Pain after lumpectomy and radiotherapy

Good morning. I had a lumpectomy in sept 2019 and lymph node clearance. Then followed by margin removal and radiotherapy august 2020. I’m just wondering if it’s normal for me to have pain around my scars still. If so how long will the pain carry on. I’ve had a mammogram in Oct 2020 which was all clear so I’m sure all is ok. If it’s normal can you suggest something to ease it as it’s a daily thing. I find wearing a bra irritates it more. 

thank you for reading. I don’t like bothering people. 


  • Hi Loobylou010

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    I’m sorry to read you are still having issues with pain. For most people after surgery the pain does settle, however some may have longer term issues.

    If you have a breast care nurse it’s a good idea to let them know, if you haven’t already. If you don’t have a nurse, we’d ask you to contact your GP. That way the pain can be assessed by someone who knows your full medical history. If you have already spoke to someone and the pain is no better speak to them again, otherwise they may assume things have settled.

    We have some really good information about pain and how to talk about it. Keeping a pain diary can help too. This will let you see if there are triggers that bring it on, what makes it worse, and what makes it better.

    Keep a note of what the pain stops you from doing, if it affects your sleep, and the emotional impact it has on you. If the pain is preventing you from getting on with the things you want to do there may be medicines that can help, even in the short-term.

    In terms of wearing a bra, you don’t mention which type you are wearing. I’m not sure if the seam of the bra is sitting on your scar line and causing pressure, this might be the cause of the irritation. There are a number of bras to choose from these days, and it may be getting the one that’s right for you.  With the coronavirus, getting professionally fitted has been more difficult but there are some companies who offer telephone consultations, this is worth looking into.

    Why not join our breast cancer group too? Post your question in there and see how others have got on. This shouldn’t stop you from speaking with your health care team, but the help from others in similar situations is invaluable

    I hope things settle soon, and if we can help further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

    Take care, Linda (Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)