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Has anyone had a problem with an inability to produce sweat in the arm pit following a mastectomy?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Laura Cornwell Profile
    anonymous
    Industry Provider
    I do not believe this is a common outcome of mastectomy, but it is certainly possible. When surgeons do lymph node dissections after mastectomy, they are operating in the armpit. Lymph nodes are indiscriminate, rubbery bits of tissue that can have great resemblance to bits or fat, or even sweat glands. The more tissue they remove in the search for lymph nodes, the more likely they removed sweat glands as well. Make sure to let your surgeon/doc know during the next follow up. Or call into the question hotline if you are getting concerned.
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  • shen cruces Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    This is something I've been wondering too. I had all the axillary lymph nodes taken with my mast and I've notices that I don't seem to be sweating either. It has only been 5 weeks so not sure if it is too early to tell.
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