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Friday, November 28, 2008 Wilma Robinson, Community Member, asks

Q: Stinging Sensation On Nipple Of Right Breast

Hi, In Feb 2008, I had non invasive cancer. They did the surgery;  it was .4 centimeters, Ductal Carcinoma. I had 32 radiation treatments,

but no Chemo.

I feel good, exercise regularly, but lately I've been bothered by a stinging sensation across the nipple area. This has probably been going on for a couple of months but seems to be happening more often.

It's really worrying me;  Could this be nerves? Do I need to make an appointment with my cancer Dr? My breast doesn't look any different,

nor do I have lumps. Naturally, I'm concerned with possible recurrence.

Please advise. Sincerely, Wilma Robinson

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/29/08 8:26am

Hi Wilma - I assume you're having regular mammograms, and regular appointments with your oncologist; this doesn't sound like a cancer symptom. But, that said, it's always good to have breast changes checked out. Probably it would be a good idea to call your oncologist, describe your symptoms, and see what (s)he says, OK? Good luck -PJH

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Tammy, Community Member
11/29/08 8:35pm

Hi Wilma,

I, too, was diagnosed with invasice ductal carcinoma in March of 2008.  I underwent lumpectomy.  I had a low scoring oncotype but opted for four courses of chemo and then the acellerated partial breast radiatioin.  About six weeks after radiation I had a period of about a week of severe nipple pain. I became very worried.  I was told that this was probably just post radiation changes and it did eventually clear up and now I am feeling just fine.  I hope this is all that it is with you too.  Please get it check out by your doctor.

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By Wilma Robinson, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 11/28/08