I was diagnoised with breast cancer right side 18 months ago. I had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation. After radiation and all the redness and peeling was gone, I noticed 1 area that still was discolored. I did not think to much about it. A year later my oncologist and surgeon do not know what it is. It is about 1 1/2 inches long and maybe 1/2 inch wide. It will get lighter then come back. The surgeon has told me to massage my breast due to there being some fluid in it. If it does not go away, she will biopsy it. I have talked to the radiation department. They have not heard of this.
It is difficult for me to comment, given the limited information that you have provided, and my inability to examine you.
Certainly, patients can develop areas of edema (swelling of the skin) in the breast following breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment. Also, most patients who undergo radiation therapy for breast cancer will develop areas of skin "tanning" (hyperpigmentation) where the radiation beam passed through the skin.
If your surgeon is concerned about the appearance of this area, and there is any suspicion that it might be related to your prior breast cancer (or a new breast cancer), then a small punch biopsy of the skin in this area can be performed as an outpatient.
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