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Had breast cancer, had rib surgery to remove lump, painful, tenderness in the area. Reason?

I had rib surgery to remove a lump, they took out a small portion front left side just under breast, sorry don t know the rib number the surgery was a year ago. Now I have tenderness below and to the side of where surgery was, not at the sight of the surgery. The area that is painful I can cover with my entire hand it is quite a large area that is tender and if I apply slight pressure it is very painful, I keep looking for a bruise but there is none I never hurt this side. Prior breast cancer on the same side , left breast. What could this pain be from?
Asked On : Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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as you already had breast cancer on the same side with the removal of the rib, which may be suggestive of involvement of the bone(rib) on same side by the cacner. The pain due to infiltration by malignancy is a continous type with local tenderness.i need to know the histopathology of your operated breast speciman for bone involvement. Malignant pains should be treated according to WHO ladder based drugs, starts with NSAIDS like voveran etc. you can also consult palliative care specialist for the same.
Answered: Wed, 25 Sep 2013
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