After breast cancer surgery, pain remains

Almost half of patients report pain up to three years later


According to a new Danish study, almost half of breast cancer patients experience chronic pain two to three years after treatment, while over half report discomfort. Patients under 40, those who’ve undergone radiation treatment, and those who had surgery to remove all the lymph nodes in the arm pit (instead of a less invasive procedure called sentinel node biopsy) are the most at risk, the New York Times reports. Published in the Nov. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study looked at questionnaires completed last year by 3,253 female breast cancer patients treated in 2005 and 2006. Of those, 47 per cent reported pain, usually in the breast, armpit and side; 58 per cent reported “sensory disturbances” like burning or numbness.

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After breast cancer surgery, pain remains

  1. In response to "After breast cancer surgery, pain remains"

    Yes, this is very true for me too. I had treatment in 2007 here in Florida and am experiencing pain, usually in the breast, armpit and side; and “sensory disturbances” like burning under armpit. Sometimes have headaches too when pain gets worse at night.
    What can I do? I am scheduled for a MRI in January of 2010.

  2. I don’t think that after breast surgery,pain remains. Because i have seen several causes in which women couldn’t feel any pain after breast surgery. If the pain remains,then no need to go for breast surgery.
    Breast augmentation

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