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posted by Grace.
04 March 2024

Breast cancer phantom pain

Last reply: 06 March 2024 15:22

I’m just wondering if this is normal? I had a double mastectomy Jan ‘22. I currently have breast expanders in, they were put in place at the time of the mastectomy. On and off over the last year I get an ache / pain in the exact spot where my breast cancer was located. I don’t have a new lump or anything else concerning in this area. Just on and off this feeling happens and it worries me. Is this normal?

Thank you,
Kind regards,

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commented by Cancer Nurse
06 March 2024

06 March 2024 15:22

Hi Grace

Thank you for posting your message on our Ask the Nurse section. I am sorry you have this concern. This ache/pain can happen with breast expanders and we would advise you to see your Breast team so they can examine you and reassure you regarding this.

You can phone us too on our support line if you would like to speak to a cancer nurse. Our number is 1800 200 700 and we are here Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Kind regards

Cancer Nurse

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