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5,084 Views 2 Replies Last post: Apr 5, 2011 4:57 PM by Caroline RSS
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Mar 8, 2011 6:07 PM

itching and cramping at mastectomy site

I had a mastecomy 3yrs ago, but last summer I had resections twice so you could bounce pennies off my left chest! Although it was many months ago, I am now experiencing new sensations at the site, mostly at the scar edge. Has anyone else had the same kind of surgery so I can compare experiences? Thank you, Penny

Moderator_Lucie 770 posts since
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1. Mar 28, 2011 2:02 PM in response to: PennyMcLay
Re: itching and cramping at mastectomy site

Hi Penny,


Our cancer information nurses would like to say:


"It is not unusual to have itching and other strange sensations around the scar line after mastectomy. This is usually related the nerve changes after surgery. Have you spoken to your doctor or specialist nurse about it? As it is something new for you it would be good to get them to check it. They may be able to suggest treatment to help depending on what is causing it. If it is nerve changes it does usually settle down over time but I am afraid for some people this can take many months. Remember you can contact us if you have any questions, we are all cancer information nurse specialists. We are available Monday to Friday 9 am to 5pm and the number is 0808 800 40 40."


We hope this information is useful to you and that other people who have had this kind of surgery will be able to share their own experience with you.


Best wishes,

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator




Caroline 157 posts since
Aug 14, 2010
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2. Apr 5, 2011 4:57 PM in response to: Moderator_Lucie
Re: itching and cramping at mastectomy site

Hi Penny

I had a bi-lateral mastectomy on september 15th last year and was surprised by how little the scars irritated at the time...... but now, 6 months later, they are driving me mad, I went to my doctors and she gave me something for the nerve pain, and explained that it was just the feeling coming back into the severed nerves... as for the itching... OMG.... I use rescue oil (cheap version of bio oil) It helps a little but as most of the itching is on the inside, I think its more so i feel like i am doing something about it.

I peronally would recommend you get in touch with your doctor or your breast care nurse just to be on the safe side

But from what i can tell, it's pretty normal.... well it is to me anyway

hope this helps

Love caz xxx

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