I have been diagnosed with breast cellulitis. Hospitalised for 3 days on IV antibiotic and home with further 12 days antibiotic. I am concerned as although the redness is paling, it is not gone (12 days since treatment started), my breast is extremely engorged, lower area feeling hard and so heavy and uncomfortable.
History: Lumpectomy, 9 lymph nodes removed, EC, radiotherapy, currently Taxol and Herceptin.
The Onc. has said I have now lymphedema of the breast and may have had it earlier predisposing to the cellulitis.
I presume the antibiotics are preventing the breast from further infection, but am concerned it is not getting better.
The Taxol has been stopped until I finish the antibiotics, but am still receiving the Herceptin weekly.
I have been referred to a lymphedema physiotherapist, but can't get in to see her till late next week.
Is there anything I can be doing in the meantime or further treatment that could be suggested.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer.. my sister has it. Often mistaken for mastitis treatment is delayed..I'm guessing by now you know the answer to this question but this is for other people who might be reading this post. Symptoms are NO LUMP, swollen heavy breasts, redness, rash, orange peel effect. this is a cancer at the cellullar level and does not show up on mammograms or ultrasound, MRI is the best diagnostic tool w/biopsy. Extremely agressive, is stage IIIB on first diagnosis frequently stage IV by the time it's found and diagnosed.
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