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Topic: Seroma following mastectomy

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

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Posted on: Jan 16, 2022 02:09AM

Kangaroo1952 wrote:

hi, I had a mastectomy just over 2 weeks ago. Unable to have lumpectomy as had one same breast 20 years ago. This time its a invasive lobular cancer with low positive oestrogen. Stared on exemestane a few days ago. Since the drain was removed have developed a seroma, first aspiration 200mls, then 400mls yesterday 160mls. Going back on Tuesday for more if necessary. In my exercise leaflet it says to stop more advanced exercises but Nurses and Doctor say to continue. Any advice or suggestions to reduce seroma would be appreciated.

Thank you. Spring should soon be here with brighter days ahead. Xx

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Jan 16, 2022 05:24AM sbelizabeth wrote:

Ugh, seromas! The sloshy bane of breast surgery. I've had several. Yes, when I cut back on exercise it decreased the buildup of the seroma, but it's a risk-benefit thing. If you stop exercising you'll lose the benefit of exercise, and at least for me at that time in my life, exercise was a huge part of helping me feel ok. So maybe keep moving, but put the marathon training on hold for now.

Compression helps prevent seroma buildup as well. Find a couple of wide ace wraps and wind them around your chest reasonably tight. This is easier if you're flat, but it can be done if you've had a unilateral mastectomy. Someone to help wind around your back--a spouse, a family member, a roommate--makes this process easier. Good luck!

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Jan 16, 2022 11:21PM Rah2464 wrote:

And if you can place a sterile pad or two underneath that wrap (or surgical bra anything that covers and compresses the area), the extra spot compression will help reduce the seroma. Just don't wrap so tightly that it is uncomfortable. Snug is best. Hope it resolves quickly.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/19/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jan 16, 2022 11:29PM Kangaroo1952 wrote:

thank you for your reply I will give it a try.

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