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    Broken ribs 1 year after radiation
    Vic53 posted:
    I'm 53 and one year out from a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer. Had lumpectomy, chemo, and 7 weeks of radiation. I have a question for fellow breast cancer survivors. Has anyone had problems with braking their ribs? I had a stuck door and put my shoulder to it to get it unstuck and broke 4 ribs on the side I had radiation on.
    hellenb responded:

    I am also 54, diagnosis of triple negative unknown primary site cancer suspected to be breast because of infected lymph node armpit.. I had 6 month FEC chemo followed by 35 radiation treatments in 2009. In 2012 the cancer returned and i had a full axillia clearance followed by another 2 months of chemo. During my Ct scan it was discovered that I have rib facture.My oncologist told me this would have been caused by radiation and a non impact break. The radiation can do this to the bones. I am sore due to this and it feels like some times it "catches" and hurt when i bend in certain positions. I'm afraid radiation is a gift that keeps on giving!!!
    I hope this helps
    eulamax replied to hellenb's response:
    Since we are telling age, I'm 81 and recently had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks radiation.on my left breast. My radiologist told me that I would have 1 in 200 chances to have a fractured rib in the future.
    sam1985 replied to eulamax's response:
    I do not think breast cancer treatment has anything to do with rib fracture as a friend of mine who is 73 yrs old he too had these surgeries but no rib fracture.
    An_264152 responded:
    Hello Vic53, I also had a lumpectomy two years ago and i am pretty sure I have cracked a rib just recently. I was really worried that I had cancer back but now i'm realizing that it may be a rib or ribs. Going to the Doc tomorrow to find out. Sure hope it heals. Take care
    Diana6500 replied to sam1985's response:
    Hello sam, yes radiation can cause rib fractures and broken ribs. After my radiation they told me that tis might happen. I had my radiation a year and a half ago and one of my ribs just fractured and is very painful. I don't even know how it happened. Good luck:)

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