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Topic: Rib sticking out after mastectomy

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: May 11, 2007 11:22AM

corgigirl wrote:

Does anyone else have a half dollar sized hard place that feels very boney because it is a bone - a rib that juts out along scar line? It's uncomfortable and not too sightly but like every thing else, I've come to like it. Love will take a while.

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May 11, 2007 12:01PM djd wrote:

I had to poke around to check, but yes, I do feel my rib bone right above the scar line. I don't think of it so much as the rib "sticking out" as much as everything around it is "sunken in".

The "sunken in" appearance after my mast is what surprised me the most!
Donna Dx 12/13/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 13, 2007 11:30AM corgigirl wrote:

Thank you for responding. My gyn and plastic surgeon sent me to the surgeon to find out what the hard, bone like thing was to make sure it wasn't a new growth. Surgeon said the bone like thing was indeed a bone - it is one of my ribs and not enough skin was put around it so it literally sticks out.

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May 13, 2007 06:42PM LindaLou53 wrote:

Bluemerle, I have the same thing. What is interesting is it is on my right prophylactic mastectomy side, not the left modified radical side. For whatever reasons, more tissue was removed on my right side than the left. Possibly that was because they knew I would be having intensive radiation on the left side and needed a little more tissue between rads and my heart?? Don't really know for sure. But I do have a very prominent rib on the right side and several sunk in places between the ribs. I don't think much about it anymore. Doesn't cause any pain and is not noticeable under clothes.

Linda
Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2000 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2001 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2005 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2006 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 4/7/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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May 14, 2007 10:23AM corgigirl wrote:

Mine is on the right side also. The right side had a lumpectomy and radiation and then was part of a prophlactic mast. after cancer found in the left breast 11 months later and both breasts were removed. I had immediate reconstruction that failed because of infections on both sides. I then joined the no reconstruction side of the world. In the fall, the plastic surgeon will go in and smooth out everything and hopefully add some extra skin over the rib. I don't wear anything tight as it would show. The whole process soured me on reconstruction and I feel like young girl again just going without. I don't wear a bra just looser things and don't feel self conscious at all.

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May 14, 2007 11:50AM Erica wrote:

I wish some of you brave flat ladies could post pictures (in clothes!). I'd love to see the flat look.

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May 14, 2007 12:18PM wallycat wrote:

ME TOO!!!

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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May 15, 2007 01:42PM LindaLou53 wrote:

Barb and Wally, I just started a new topic with my flat pics vs prosthesis at

http://community.breastcancer.org/ubbthr...&PHPSESSID=

I was bored today

Linda
Life is not measured by how many breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away! ...I am a 14/9 yr survivor of 2 Primary BCs, 23/23 Positive Nodes (Zometa x 5 years) Started Paloma-3 Clinical Trial 4-14-14 Dx 7/14/2000, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2000 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/30/2000 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/26/2001 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2001 Dx 11/21/2005, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 1, 23/23 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/5/2005 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 12/23/2005 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2006 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 4/7/2006 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 3/21/2014, ILC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant)

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