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Share important questions and provide support to others experiencing breast cancer and treatment-related pain.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2013 11:46AM

lmcclure4477 wrote:

Just curious how many people out there had a lump that was painful that ended up being breast cancer. The reason I found my lump is because I had pain. I was surprised to find out that my lump was cancer because all of the doctors said cancer doesn't hurt. I feel like smacking them all in the face because my lump did hurt!

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May 31, 2014 04:37PM Alemap118 wrote:

has anyone also experienced a burning sensation? I just had a core biopsy on Thursday and waiting to see he surgeon Tuesday for the results. Prior to this and the annual mammogram where a highly suspicious mass was detected I was having pain in my armpit but never felt any lumps. I also had pain in my right breast only and this burning sensation. Sometimes it felt like it was on fire.  I keep reading that if it is cancer it won't hurt. I am hoping it is b9 but if it isn't i am sure glad i am not anyone have the burning sensation?

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May 31, 2014 10:44PM sherry67 wrote:

I had an aching feeling under my arm where the lump was, no burning sensation.

Dx 12/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 11/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 3/3/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/3/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Surgery 7/27/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/3/2011 AC Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 8/19/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 2/14/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 7/8/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy
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Jun 27, 2014 01:41PM Mom2MCA wrote:

I have had aching and burning pain (like a be sting), itching, and discharge (from yellow, to green, to bloody) in my left breast since January. Nothing has shown on an US or Mamo, but I am having surgery on the 14th. My BS wants me in as quick as possible since it has gotten worse. Pain radiates from breast to shoulder and down my arm to my hand. Not all the time but enough to make me miserable some days. I'm very worried and anxious and find it very irritating that others are dismissive when I explain what I am going thru...they just know that it can't be cancer since it hurts. Agh!

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Jun 27, 2014 02:05PM Jenneri wrote:

My lump was soft, spongy, moved around and was sore.  My physician really didn't think it was anything but I was due for my annual mammo and she added a request for an ultrasound.  I am so glad!  My mammo showed nothing... Completely clear, but my ultrasound showed a 1.5 mm mass.  Followed in 10 days with a needle biopsy and BC diagnosis.  BC can hurt!  And if you have dense breast tissue, ultrasound should be added to your annual mammo. 

Dx 12/29/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/3/2014 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 27, 2014 06:26PM cybermab wrote:

Alemap118 - I had pain in my breast off and on for several days before I felt the lump. Went to the doctor and she said she felt a thickening, but no lump. Sent me for a comprehensive mammogram and an ultrasound and the mass showed up on both the ultrasound and the mammogram. Turned out to be IDC, which usually doesn't hurt.  I am very grateful that it did.

Dx 4/18/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
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Jun 30, 2014 06:27PM rosecal954 wrote:

I had itchiness and some occasional shooting pains a few weeks before my mammogram. It was summer and thought perhaps the itchiness was from mosquito bites or being sweaty.  I never connected it with my breast lump.

First Dx age 58, recurrence 2/2020 Dx 8/21/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/15/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/10/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 2/10/2020, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/7/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Dx 5/4/2020, IDC: Tubular, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 20, 2014 01:17AM mg23 wrote:

Dear Lauren 15,

Hope all is well with you.  Do you have any side effects from the treatment?

DX ILC W/Medullary Features TN 9/19/12 age 39,Stage 2b,Grade 3,4x4cm,InternalMammary 1.3x0.6cm,16 NodesRemoved/rb lumpectomy/ClearMargins 3/15/13,BRCA1/2 Neg,8x AM386/Taxol;4x A/C;34Rads;NED 12/23/13
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Aug 4, 2014 01:54AM LLizz wrote:

I just want to add that my right breast really started to hurt about 8 weeks ago.  A spot on my breast 2-3 inches up from my nipple.  My doc calls it 11 o'clock. A bit of skin about the size of a dime was ultra sensitive to temperature (warm shower felt scalding) and next to it felt numb.  The sensitive area and numb area started getting bigger.  Then the stabbing pain.  The kind of stabbing that makes you catch your breath.  It doesn't hurt as much in the morning... hurts more and more as the day goes on.  Some days it doesn't hurt as much, but then it the pain just increases the next day.  

I reported it eventually to my PCP.  They said that it couldn't be BC because BC doesn't hurt, but I am lucky they sent me to a breast surgeon anyway, to see if there was anything that they could do for my "severe fibro cystic breasts".  

The surgeon couldn't see me for another 5-6 weeks, but I called them to check for a cancellation every day.  I only waited 2 weeks instead of 6.  The surgeon told me that it was prob nothing, because none of his other patients had the same symptoms as I did.  He felt a lump, though.  I never did.  He did the ultra sound and as soon as he saw it, his attitude completely changed.  I am lucky, lucky, lucky.  7 days later I got my Dx.  

It's still in there and it still hurts and I swear it is doing evil things in there.  I see my medical onc for the first time on Tuesday.

Dx 7/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/18/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/18/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
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Aug 21, 2014 11:47AM pastalover wrote:

I have been doing the 6 month follow up game on my left breast for the past 6 years or so.  However the pain in my left breast started about 2 years ago.  Yes...I have mentioned this to all my doctors.

And yes...same answer.  Pain means no cancer.  My left breast got the ALL CLEAR this past June! First time normal!!  (diagnostic mammo).  A few weeks ago  I got a new letter saying to do left breast mammo again.  I decided to try something different.  Usually if I mention pain...they automatic want a diagnostic mammo.  So I didn't mention any pain and now have my annual regular mammo for both breast set up for next week.  Thought I would try reverse psychology.  This way if my left breast is abnormal again.  They might listen to my complaints then...

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Sep 7, 2014 07:20AM lynnetteb75 wrote:

I was recently dx and when I found my lump in the shower I went right to my pcp who felt it.and asked if it hurt I said yes when.she pushed down as I dont have much breast tissue as it is you can fel the mass just by running your hand over it she said well that makes me feel a little bit better as bc dosent hurt...yeah breast feel as though im getting my period everyday tenderness and soar threw my armpit...with a sharp pain every so yes cancer does hurt...and im glad I found this site as I donf feel like im imaging things and symptoms also I am always sooo tired around 2 pm everyday I get so tired I xan bearly keep my eyes open..I have tl have a coffee just to make it till 530 and dont. bother trying to talk to me after 9lol

Dx 8/28/2014, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 2, HER2-
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Sep 12, 2014 01:20AM rosewater wrote:

The main reason I found my lump was because it caused me pain when I laid on my side. I was soon DX IDC TNBC 2cm, grade 3, no nodes. I'm currently being treated with chemo (4 x dd AC, 12 x weekly taxol), and now have similar pain under my left (opposite) armit - I can feel a lump. I've been told not to worry about it, but it feels so similar pain-wise as the one in my right breast. The docs say, don't worry, because I am being treated right now with the chemo, and then I will be having a BMX. I've had pain in my left arm ever since my 4th AC treatment, and now this pain in my left armpit...arghh...has anyone else experienced this? Could it be related to my arm pain, which I've been told is from the IV treatments? My MRI prior to chemo showed nothing in my left breast, though my initial lump in my right breast did not show up on mammogram because of my dense breasts.

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Nov 9, 2014 06:09PM Alemap118 wrote:

well here I am 6 months out and last week had my mamas and us. And it's back..the lump I had biopsies in May that was a papiloma is back in the same spot along with an enlarged lymph node nearby and a new lump on the opposite side of the breast. My breast still hurts and feel tingly and warm sometimes..the radiologist is suggesting an excisional biopsy on the areas.... I just an so frustrated.. I a, told by dose t cause pain, but so many who are experiencing it say different. I see the surgeon on Tuesday.

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Nov 9, 2014 07:41PM blondiex46 wrote:


Original 8/96 - 1cm, chemo, rads. Recurr..9/09...Mets to lungs, chest wall, lymph nodes under arm & chest, cervical & lumbar spine, ribs, hip. Femera, Falsodex, Zometa, Xeloda, Gemzar,Taxotere, Adriamycin,Havalen.WENT OFF CHEMO 7/20/14 Dx 9/1/2009, 3cm, Stage IV, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 10, 2014 10:22PM Fiercer wrote:

never had pain when I found the lump. It became painful because I could barely stop feeling it to see if it was shrinking during chemo. It's still painful after the lumpectomy

Dx 2/14/2013, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (DUAL) Chemotherapy 3/13/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/6/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/14/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 11, 2014 04:28AM - edited Nov 11, 2014 11:38AM by Lily55

there is a thread on here that clearly demonstrates that, despite what doctors say, some women do feel pain or discomfort pre cancer diagnosis

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Nov 11, 2014 05:21AM LydiaHouse wrote:

Im so glad to find this. I first had a mild pain and nipple sensasion changes. As the pain got worse it felt like mastitis. I tried heat and ice, then went to my coctor. She too told me cancer didnt hurt as a we . Sorry, but the back button isnt working to correct my typing. She did a full examine and told me to get my annual mammo in 45 days. The tumor deep in my large breast was 4.2 cm at the mammo. By then I was in so much pain I didnt want to lift my arm and I wouldnt let anyone near me as I was afraid thyd hug me. Doctors must learn to heed our pain as a symptom.

Dx 12/16/2013, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 3/3/2014 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Methotrexate (Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 11, 2014 05:23PM bookworm123 wrote:

what kind of biopsy did you have? I am having fna wed. for a 1cm .should i be having core biopsy?

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Your Doctor would have made the choice of FNA over core by the results of prior testing and has chosen the appropriate one for your case. We are not doctors here, so could not advise one way or another and each case is different.

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Nov 11, 2014 10:11PM MamaM wrote:

The pain was my first sign that something was wrong. From my breast to my fingers- shooting random pains & an ache into my shoulder. I had a bad 3d mammo call back & went to the u/s appt only told that they would see me next year. I had to beg the dr to please look again & told her that I knew something was wrong. Gut feeling. She found an area of concern that she said still looked like dense breast tissue but we would check to be sure. Biopsy they laughed & told me it was nothing & to relax. Came back as ILC 5/6cm. I am having a double masectomy on the 19th. I have 3 children & I am determined that something needs to be done to have women be more aware of "pains" plus that ILC hides on mammograms. MRI's should be given for women with dense breast tissue.

Surgery 11/18/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2015 Hormonal Therapy 8/17/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx ILC, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Nov 28, 2014 10:54PM funnthesun68 wrote:

I had pain with my lump. The weird part of it all was I had pain on my left side near the breast clear down the left side, plus my nipple kinda hurt too. I also experienced shooting stabbing pains, almost like a quick stabbing around the tumor. I was always tired. My mammo last year should some calcifications, did yours? This year when I found the lump, I could feel the lump more when I sat up than laying on my back. The only reason I found the lump was because I was bending over to pick something up when I felt pain and thought this wasn't normal. Felt around breast and low and behold I felt a thickening on the breast with a lump. Dr.'s were amazed I even found it because of the dense breast tissue I had. What biopsy or biopsies did you have? I have two different steriotactic and ultra sound guided. Hope your surgery went well! Hang in there!

Dx 9/26/2014, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/20/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2014
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Dec 3, 2014 08:37PM Chloesmom wrote:

Exactly my situation! same place, same feeling.

No recon - Loving Flat & Free! Oncotype 25 (Note: ILC hides in the shadows- US, Mammo, MRI neg on "good" side but not really good after all!) Dx 11/21/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/25/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole) Surgery 12/12/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 2/3/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Dec 3, 2014 08:55PM Alemap118 wrote:

I went back at end of October for my 6 month I have three lumps! And I still have pain and burning..I quit telling them I have pain because they keep telling me it is a good sign..I'm waiting to be scheduled for a needle guided mri biopsy next week and then the wait again for the results..I keep reading so much about how there is pain in a lot of woman.... Do I worry even more now

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Dec 3, 2014 09:23PM funnthesun68 wrote:

alemap - the ultra sound guided biopsy didn't hurt, just a pinch, they did that 4x's on my left breast. I also had a stereotactic biopsy done where the tumor was, I would say it didn't hurt too much, more than a pinch. The think that hurt the worse was all the mammograms that they had to do to get the needle in the right place. Hang in there, you will do fine. I hardly bruised, so just don't be stressed it will be fine.

Dx 9/26/2014, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/20/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2014
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Dec 3, 2014 09:24PM funnthesun68 wrote:

Chloesmom- i am glad to hear that you had similar symptoms as me, I have heard that from alot of women on here....and they say cancer doesn't hurt! Makes me think they are wrong. Hang in there!

Dx 9/26/2014, ILC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/20/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2014
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Jan 27, 2015 05:10PM Trvler wrote:

Yep. I always heard BC didn't cause pain and I have implants so I thought it was probably scar tissue. I went to my doctor in Aug 2013 and July 2014 and he said it 'didn't present like cancer' based on where it was. The pain was a intermittant throbbing pain, which sometimes could keep me up at night. He gave me another u/s order and I waited until Jan since he was so sure it wasn't BC. I guess he was pretty embarrassed having to call and tell me the diagnosis. LIsten to your body. No one knows it better than you.

Allison Dx 1/16/2015, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/26/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/23/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/31/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 10/14/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016
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Jan 27, 2015 09:15PM Denise-G wrote:

If I would have listened to my breast pain 1.5 years before diagnosis, I believe I could have saved my breast.  But everything I've read said breast pain is not cancer.  As a result, it is my passion to make others aware that BREAST PAIN CAN BE CANCER.  This is one of the most read articles on my breast cancer blog.  Every day lots of women find my article by searching bee sting feeling in breast and breast pain. my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Feb 23, 2015 01:51AM kittysister wrote:

My breast lump ached during the day. At night, I could no longer sleep on that side. It felt like I was trying to sleep on a rock.

Dx 8/4/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 9, 2015 03:22PM Annie88 wrote:

I did have pain in the breast w/ the tumor and it radiated to the arm. This is what helped me find the tumor and seek medical attention. Thankfully my body did give me pain, or my story may have been much different. Drs shouldn't generalize BC, as everyone's body reacts differently

Dx 10/8/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/8/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/19/2015 Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/25/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx
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Apr 6, 2015 08:10AM - edited Apr 6, 2015 08:43AM by Moderators

hi i also had a pain breast on both side,i am 27 year old just went to the doctor today.and i started searching reasearch cause i am really scared tomorrow will be my ultrasound..i have the same case as yours no lumps but really there a chance that ive got cancer?please help thanks

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Apr 6, 2015 09:52AM slv58 wrote:

It really maddens me when I read that Dr.s say bc doesn't cause pain! I'd love it if every dr. could be made aware that yes, bc can cause pain! I found both my lumps because of pain. To me it was a burning ache that was spontaneous. I'll take this a step further and would like women to know that if they ever feel nipple dampness that they should get that checked out. Several times I thought I felt a dampness expressed from my nipple -and even possibly a 'milk let down' feeling but just assumed that it was hormonal because I was going through bad peri menopausal symptoms. This was probably a good year prior to finding my lump. I do believe I should have investigated this but I did have a normal mammo 8 months prior to my dx. I don't have dense breasts so a mammo was probably not sensitive enough to pick up any problems- I would have pushed had I known this could have been a symptom. Yes bc can and does cause pain!

Shari "my clouds are always silver" Chemotherapy 1/22/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/6/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 3/9/2015 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)

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