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Topic: My boob shrunk :( a lot

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2020 10:14AM

toria1212 wrote:

Has anyone experienced this? I finished radiation early July and my right breast(the treated one) definitely became smaller, but overnight, it seems to be a whole size smaller-like you can tell in my shirt(if I am braless). I had NO idea that this would happen and wow, if it keeps shrinking, I will need implants to balance them. Ironically, four years ago, I had a slight reduction on this right breast as it was larger due to breastfeeding. Ugh. Another unexpected "gift" of all of this.

Dx 3/19/2020, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 27, 2020 11:30AM Betrayal wrote:

Yes, two lumpectomies on same breast and radiation resulted in a significant decrease in my left breast. I have to now wear a lightly padded bra (t-shirt bra) to hide the difference. With a regular bra I had to use a Knitted Knocker to fill the cup since they do not make bras with 2 different cup sizes nor would it look right if they did. BC the gift that keeps on giving. You are not alone.

Surgery 1/31/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/31/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 3/3/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/30/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/24/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 5/18/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 6/15/2020 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Aug 27, 2020 02:07PM arabiansrock wrote:

so the radiated boob shrinks after radiation. does it ever come back? does the massage to break up scar tissue make it increase in size again? Or is it smaller forever (or until you gain more weight, which I seem to do easily)?

biopsy Jul13, 2020, dx lt idc grade 2 and DCIS. RT Radial Scar/sclerosing lesion. Aug 19, 2020 bilateral lumpectomy
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Aug 27, 2020 02:23PM illimae wrote:

I was warned but also have a lumpectomy, reduction and lift in 2 back to back surgeries. The BS and plastic surgeon intentionally left my cancer boob a little bigger, so they’d match after rads. I was a little surprised that the rads side held the lift better but it’s not too obvious.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Surgery 1/22/2020 Radiation Therapy 2/16/2020 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 7/20/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy Tukysa (tucatinib) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 27, 2020 09:28PM AliceBastable wrote:

Was your breast swollen after your lumpectomy, to where it looked the same size as the other? Radiation can get rid of swelling. My breast had about a third removed and looked it from the day of surgery because I had no swelling (compression bras!). No size change from radiation, so 2 years out and lefty is still a lot smaller, as expected.
Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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