Hi Channie Don't mind you asking about my age. I was 57 at diagnosis I had regular mammograms but unfortunately mine was lobular which does not show up on mammograms as it starts off as soft tissue rather than a lump. Had one in 2008 then in July 2009 I noticed a slight indentation the rest is history. So young to be facing all this. Do you know what grade yours was? Mine was grade 2. Regarding Navelbine I take 110mg once a week for 3 weeks then have a week. Did you take it for a week then a week off? In one respect just as well the fluid was checked. Must have been really hard having such awful muscle and joint pains. I will just have to wait and see at the end of the day quality of life rather than quantity is the most in important. Linda
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Thanks for your post.
Radiotherapy to the breast and/or under the arm can cause hardening of the tissue and may explain why you have noticed that your breast is shrinking even after all this time. If the breast becomes hard this is known as fibrosis and is caused by a build-up of scar tissue. If the fibrosis becomes severe, the breast can become noticeably smaller as well as firmer.
As you have noticed a change you may want to contact your breast care nurse, if you have one, your hospital team or your GP so that they can assess the area further.
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