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Topic: reverse breast hardening?

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

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

Posted on: Aug 30, 2021 01:52PM

slg76 wrote:

I am 10 years post lumpectomy and radiation. In the last year my breast has become very significantly harder and smaller. The skin is puckering and the tissue underneath hurts.

Does anybody have suggestions for reversing or preventing further breast fibrosis?

Dx 5/2010, IDC, Stage IIIA, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/1/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/12/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2011 Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 30, 2021 04:10PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I suggest getting in to see your PCP for evaluation.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Aug 30, 2021 05:53PM ShetlandPony wrote:

I would go straight to the radiation oncologist or breast surgeon if possible.

2011 Stage I ITCs sn, premenopausal, Oncotype 16. 2014 Stage IV mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD Dx 2011, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2014, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy
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Aug 31, 2021 07:34AM slg76 wrote:

I recently had my mammogram which showed new large calcifications but no cancer (biopsy was benign). I just saw my GYN who did a breast exam. Both Drs say that this hardening and shrinking is just a side effect of the radiation.

It seems so pronounced to me and it's uncomfortable so I was hoping you women would have some suggestions for treatment?

When I did some research it seems that fat grafting is a possibility but with limited success.

Dx 5/2010, IDC, Stage IIIA, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/1/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/12/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2011 Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 31, 2021 08:46AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Maybe a dermatologist could help?

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3

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