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Breast cancer survivor, had hard and tender swelling in the armpit area. What could it be?

I am a breast cancer survivor stage 3c. Today I woke up and while putting on deoderant I was very tender in my right armpit area. This evening I have what appears to be a tendon or something that runs vertical and feels swollen and hard and very tender. I am post mastectomy with reconstruction and three years out. I had a P.E.T scan in May and was clear, I also had an MRI in July and it was clear. Thanks for your answers. kcgirl
Asked On : Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

There are two possibilities, focal infection with abscess formation or enlarged lymph node due to recurrence of cancer.

Since you have been recently investigated, I would suggest try treatment with oral antibiotics.If this resolves, then it is fine or else you will need investigations to rule out recurrence of cancer.This time you might need a biopsy.

Hope this answers your question.Regards.
Answered: Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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