Breast cancer
posted by Catherine2023
16 October 2023

Treatment for cording - at home

Last reply: 16 October 2023 18:38

Hello all!

New here (well, newish, 10 years after the first time...). I've had lumpectomy and removal of 2 lymph nodes - lucky that my breast cancer, just like the first time in the other breast 10 years ago, is not the worst brand, and hoping to not need chemo, to get away with just surgery, radio therapy and hormone therapy.
However, just 3 1/2 weeks since surgery, I have developed cording under my arm (armpit and nearly to elbow) and in my breast tissue (armpit to nipple, down the side). It is sensitive rather than painful, and I have relatively good arm movement, but I am keen to treat it to get rid of it.
My post op physio appointment is not for another two weeks, so keen to find info and resources of how best to deal with this right away - i.e. what kind of massage, and what kind of exercise.
The internet is chock full of contradictory advice (light pressure massage, deeper massage, different types of exercises). I do the exercises in the booklet I got in hospital religiously, but that is not focused on cording.
Anyone here has good advice to share, and quality resources they can point me to?
Many thanks in advance, and I wish you all the very best wherever you are in your cancer journey.
All the best

1 comment


commented by Jenni53
16 October 2023

16 October 2023 18:38

Hi Catherine

Have you talked to to your breast care nurse about the cording? If not give them a ring and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

Best wishes

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