How to Ease The Suffering from Side Effects of Breast
you been diagnosed with breast cancer? If so, surgery may
be in your immediate future. Your doctor may recommend it
for you. It will make it easier for you if you write down
a list of questions that you may have about what lies
ahead when your doctor operates on one or both of your
First of all, you want to know exactly
what your doctor recommends as far as the specifics of the
surgery. You'll want to know how long you'll be in the
hospital. It may be that a partial mastectomy may be the answer
for you. Has cancer spread to your lymph nodes?
If that's the case, how many of them
will be removed and how will that affect you?
Just what are you facing during your surgery as well as
before and after it? How will you take care of the incision?
How extensive will the scarring be? How will your breast and
lymph node surgery affect your shoulder and arm as far as their
range of motion goes? How will you take care of the affected
areas after surgery?
It's best if you can talk to someone who has already
been through a similar surgery to get an idea of just what
you're going to be facing. How long will it take you to get
back on your feet and to experience a full recovery?
If one or both of your breasts are removed, this may affect
your sense of balance. Naturally, this is something that your
body will have to adjust to over a period of time. You may need
to go to a physical therapist to help you get back to as much
movement and agility as possible . You'll need to know
just what exercises you need to overcome any stiffness and pain
that may result from surgery that affects your arms and
After your surgery, you'll have to be on guard to take care
of your hand and arm on the side where the lymph nodes were
removed. And you'll have to take special care of these areas
for the rest of your life. When lymph nodes are removed, you
may experience swelling in the affected arm and hand. So after
the surgery and after initial healing, be sure to use the
unaffected arm and hand to carry heavy items. Don't wear
constricting clothing or jewelry on the affected arm. If you
need shots, don't forget to take them in the arm that is not
affected by surgery. Avoid putting harsh cleaning chemicals on
your hands. Wear gloves when you do gardening or heavy-duty
cleaning. Try not to get sunburned. Be very careful not to cut
yourself when you train your nails and cuticles on the affected
After breast surgery, your lymph nodes may swell. If they
do, you can improve your circulation in that area and several
ways. Wear an elastic sleeve, lift your arm above
your head, massage your arm or use a special machine to try to
remove the excess fluid from that area.
There are various factors that can cause your arm to retain
fluid after lymph nodes have been surgically removed. If you
wear tight clothing, that may cause your swollen arm to retain
more fluid. The type of physical activities in which you engage
after your surgery can affect how much fluid is retained. If
your affected arm is injured, it can also cause it to retain
more fluid. Be especially on guard to protect your
affected arm against sunburns, cuts and insect bites.
If your arm bothers you after having your lymph nodes
removed, be sure to contact your doctor. Be glad that you live
in this day and age when there are so many medical advancements
to help you overcome breast cancer.