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Prognosis: Lingering Pain After Surgery for Breast Cancer

November 10, 2009

Surgery, radiation and chemo treatments can have long term after effects.  I’ve met a number of women who have experience numbness in their extremities, weakness, and pain long after the treatment has ended.  A recent study looks at pain post surgery.

From New York Times

By RONI CARYN RABIN
Published: November 10, 2009

Breast cancer patients often experience pain that persists long after surgery, and a new Danish study has found that the problem affects a large proportion of women. Almost half the patients reported chronic pain two to three years after treatment, and more than half reported discomfort.

The patients most likely to have these effects were those under 40, those who had undergone radiation treatment and those who had surgery to remove all of the lymph nodes in the armpit rather than a less invasive procedure called a sentinel node biopsy, which can be used to determine whether the cancer has spread.

Read entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/health/research/17prog.html

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