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Dec 13, 2017 06:23PM
Lego - I just had mine taken out a week ago. It feels okay now... I can tell there is a little scar tissue there. Sometimes you can get Seroma or Hematoma where the pocket was. If it is really bothering you (painful, etc.) I'd check with the surgeon just to be sure there isn't an infection or anything else going on.
I'm a week into Tamoxifen. Doing well. I did break out in a rash on my radiated area last night, and it's still here today. But, I think we'll get a handle on it. I'm using cortisone, and my RO prescribed a prescription strength steroid cream that I will pick up tomorrow morning. I think it's a mix of going to back to work full steam, stress and all, and the port removal with all of the bandages (tape causes me to itch). I haven't been giving myself enough down time, and stress is a big trigger of hives for me (as those who were on the July chemo board know!). So, today I came home, read the paper, went for a nice walk with DH and am doing some deep breathing, and the rash already feels better.
In a way, this crazy rash/hives stuff did one positive thing for me. I know IMMEDIATELY when I'm too stressed and not listening to my body and giving it what it needs. There is no gray area anymore. I am now forced to deal with it and get back on a healthy track!
Also, really hoping this isn't a long term SE of Tamoxifen. But, the fact that it is so localized to, mostly, the radiated area, is a good sign that it's just a good 'ol rash.
Tamoxifen, so far, is no problem, and I like that I can take it and feel okay. It is already like a security blanket for me, in a way. So... I'm hopeful that it will not be ruled as the culprit!
I hope everyone is well and enjoying the holidays, so far!
4/24/2017, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/25/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
6/30/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
8/17/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin)
10/2/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)