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Topic: Side Effects - Ribcage/Bone Tenderness and Swelling

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: Jul 3, 2020 11:33AM

ponytrek61 wrote:

Hi all, Its been 18 months since I finished early breast cancer treatment - left breast mastectomy, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and 10 years of Letrozole. I actually feel quite lucky although the miriad of annoying side effects comes and goes. I wanted to find out from some of the other ladies here if you have experienced any sensitivity when you press on your rib cage on mastectomy side. I can't seem to lose this tenderness feeling and I have noticed in the last couple of months when I look in the mirror my left upper side sticks out farther than my right side so there is obvious swelling but no symptoms other than the tenderness to touch. I did have a bone scan last Summer which didn't show anything, a colleague in the NHS suggested it could be due to radiotherapy and I am now wondering whether it could be classed as lymphaedema. I know I will have to schedule another appointment for this but was wondering if, in the meantime, anyone had or has experienced anything similar.

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Jul 8, 2020 11:00AM Zillsnot4me wrote:

sounds like what I’m going through. I believe mine is lymphadema. You need to see a licensed lymphadema therapist. I’m not sure how to move fluid in that area. I’m competent in manual lymph drainage and that works along with special compression garments for hand and arm.

I’ll keep you posted what I find out.

8/6/21 Gemzar 1/7/2021 Axabrane 10/29/2020 Taxol 7/22/2020 A/A combo, 11 cm liver spots! piqray, zometa, faslodex 6/11/2020 rads to liver 12/2020 3 cm liver 10/2019, Liver spots 1/ 2016, Xgeva 9/2015, Bones 4/2015, Lungs 4/2013 Dx 4/2013, 4cm, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/28/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/22/2013 AC Hormonal Therapy 10/2/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 11/5/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/25/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/6/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/7/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 2/3/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/23/2017 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 11/15/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 10/2019, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Liver
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Jul 8, 2020 12:55PM - edited Jul 8, 2020 12:57PM by Lexica

I am much closer to my diagnosis than you, but still 2.5 years out from mastectomy and still have rib sensitivity. It hasn't really gotten better or worse though, so I chalk it up to 'permanent damage' of some kind. My PT says the radiation or surgery affected my muscles and they pull up on the ribs causing them to almost touch and stick out a bit. Does yours seem to be getting worse?

Diagnosed at 34. 2 years of Ibrance via PALLAS trial (ends 4/2020) Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Dx 12/27/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 1/16/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jul 8, 2020 10:02PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

I'm 11 years out and my upper ribs where I had radiation are really sore to touch, even touching lightly. I had a lumpectomy so it wasn't a big surgery. I had the shorter protocol--about 19 rounds. Anyone know what thats about? Thanks!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/16/2009 Chemotherapy 8/2/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/22/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 14, 2020 06:18PM LindaKT67 wrote:

I had bilateral mastectomy with left side lymph nodes removed as well as left side radiation. Last radiation of 28 cycles was 04/02/18. My left side rib cage is the same, like its moving to the side more and it seems to be raised up more. I've got other scarring issues also, implant rejections and such going on too. I see my oncologist for a regular check up in a couple weeks and plan to ask. I also have lymph-edema on my left arm, so I am sure its all part and parcel of the gift that keeps on giving.

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