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Sunday, March 07, 2010 Deb, Community Member, asks

Q: Seroma after Lumpectomy and Radiation.

I was diagnosed with DCIS 8/2008,underwent a lumpectomy,9/2008,Brachetherapy, with a Savi catheter,26 radiation treatments, and am on Tamoxifen, Since the surgery I have developed a Seroma at the surgical site, I have had it drained 5 times by the Breast Surgeon, any where from 18cc to 36cc of fluid each time.

The Breast Surgeon says this is normal, the Oncologist says this is normal, and could last up to 2 years.Can I expect this to eventually subside or should I seek another opinion?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/ 7/10 7:52pm

Well, Deb, you have two matching opinions so far, both of whom know your case very well. You could certainly ask for a third opinion... are you wondering if the problem could be cleared up sooner with better, more effective treatment? Or are you worried there's something else wrong, and they're not spotting it? If another opinion will make you feel better, than it's worth it; if the third opinion is in agreement, then you can believe it'll clear up in a year or so. If the third opinion differs, perhaps different treatment will clear it up sooner. Good luck - PJH

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By Deb, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 03/07/10