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Topic: Anyone Itching like CRAZY after lumpectomy?

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Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 07:57AM

Lovelyface wrote:

This was my second lumpectomy on Aug. 18th.  The first one had still not healed completely, the breast still had hard lumps and then they went in there again and did another one to clear the margins.  The margins are now clear, which is great.  Today is 6 days after surgery and I am itching like crazy on both my breasts (they also did an MRI biopsy on the right) and my port site which they have put on my hand.  I am going out of my mind. I have applied Vitamin E oil and some neosporin on the wounds, but the surgeon did not give me any instructions about what to do step by step with the wounds.  I am shocked that they just send you home like that.  I don't think there is an infection or anything yet, but this is not fun what I am going through right now.  The only thing I can think of is take a Vicodin and sleep the days through.  Anyone with a suggestion as to what to do with the itching? And will the port site ever get better or do I have to endure this for 5 months.  It is like a huge marble, big lump on my arm.  Thanks.

Dx 7/20/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 25, 2010 11:47AM dellmonica wrote:

Yes -- i was itching like craxy after my surgeries  and even months later.  Finally started using prescription hydrocortisone, but it caused amnesia and I could not sleep.  but it helped the itching to go away. 

Too blessed to be stressed with this mess (called cancer) Dx 2/1/2008, IDC, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 29, 2010 12:55PM Luah wrote:

I remember itching a lot about a week out too.  It did go away. I heard it was a sign of tissue healing.  If it's continuing, ask your BS what to use.

We've been through some things together/With trunks of memories still to come/Long may you run (Neil Young). Lx, ALND, 4 DD AC &12 weekly Taxol, 31 rads, completed Jul 10 Dx 9/14/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 29, 2010 01:32PM susan_CNY wrote:

did the doctor use surgical tape on your wounds? I had terrible itching after 1st lumpectomy, was an allergic reaction  from the betadine they left on my skin, you could try taking benadryl, also helps you to sleep. I wish you quick healing and good luck

dx 4/1984 cervical /hyst 10/2002 stage 2 colon /hemi-colectomy/5FU and Leukovorin chemo 11/2003 stage 1 bc tumor 1.6 grade 3 no nodes, possible vascular invasion / lumpectomy and rads 7/2009 lumpectomy found to be benign
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Aug 29, 2010 01:39PM pj12 wrote:

I had a terrible itching reaction to Vitamin E oil. My surgeon had recommended it for an incision to soften the scar. As soon as I stopped the oil the itching stopped. FWIW :-)

pam 

"Nobody told me there'd be days like this ~ Strange days, Indeed. " John Lennon................... Treatment: Lumpectomy, 36 Radiation, Arimidex, now Tamoxifen Dx 3/3/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 4, 2010 08:44PM , edited Mar 11, 2011 10:17PM by imbell

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Dx 9/10/2009, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 5/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 4, 2010 08:45PM , edited Sep 4, 2010 08:46PM by imbell

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Sep 4, 2010 08:48PM , edited Mar 11, 2011 10:16PM by imbell

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Sep 9, 2010 09:56PM Lovelyface wrote:

Thanks immarybell, I will try the antihistamines that you suggest.

Dx 7/20/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-