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OhioKat

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I am wondering if anyone has noticed a change in their breast(s) after having radiation to their chests.

I've noticed that my left side seems much smaller now. There was always a small difference between the two but it seems more pronounced. My tumor was on the left side. There is also a lump on the inner part. Based on the markers they tattooed on me the area where the lump is was targeted during treatment.

I've had a couple of mammograms and they've said they can't find anything even though its very noticeable when I'm laying on my back, so I'm wondering if this is just another of the side effects of the radiation.

Has anyone else had this type of long term side effect?

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Not me personally but a woman in my in-person LC support group has LC in her 40s and radiation to her chest area. She talked about those changes in her chest area and long term effects of the radiation she suffered. She is in her late 60s now and developed breast cancer (to both breasts) two years ago, and thyroid cancer this year. She is a never smoker and believes her cancers were a result of the radiation.

I'm not writing this to scare anyone... you know your bodies better than anyone else. Just be vigilent if you feel any changes or notice something that shouldn't be there.

Gail talks about having survived many cancers because the "others" have early detection opposed to the LC she survived.

And I hope hope HOPE one day the treatment for cancers will be targeted so that the after effects won't be almost as toxic and harmful as the disease itself.

Please keep us posted and oh my goodness it is so good to see you back here!!!!!!

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Thank you for the response as well as the welcome back.

I am 10 years passed diagnosis this November and I'm still dealing with all the little "gifts" cancer left me with and it seemed like just when I'd gotten used to them the new thing with my breast popped up.

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I am SOOOO glad to hear from you!!!! I've thought about you for years and have thought the worst! I have the same issue. Not sure if it's due to radiation, but who knows. I am just over the moon to see you post, Kathy. Let's keep in touch!

Kasey

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