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I have had pain under the left breast, under rib cage and radiating to arm pit on left arm. I have had breast cancer 2 times in the same area and have had radiation both times. They had to stop the radiation before all the treatments (about 2 or 3 left. I had a lumpectomy and had several lymph nodes removed under the arm. My husband thinks it might be a fractured rib, but I have the pain when I press lightly under the breast and above the arm pit. I can not press very hard. Don't get me wrong I am not a wimp. I pride myself in standing a lot of pain, but this has me somewhat concerned since I have had cancer 2 times in the same place. Any output would be greatly appreciated. I think I will have to call my doctor tomorrow.
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replied September 15th, 2009
Radiation to the chest wall is certainly associated with the risk of some long-term complications, including necrosis (death) of the bone, fractures of radiation-damaged bones, accelerated arthritis, and, in rare cases, the delayed onset of cancers of the bone, cartilage, or fibrous tissues (sarcomas).

You did not indicate when you underwent these radiation treatments, but your symptoms merit further work-up, in my opinion. (One must also always be alert to the possibility of recurrence of your breast cancer.)

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FCS

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