Right after the surgery you will probably feel weak, and you may feel sore for 2 to 3 days. You may have a pulling or stretching sensation near or under your arm. You may also have itching, tingling, and throbbing in the area. This will get better in a few days.
You will probably have a plastic or rubber tube, called a drain, to collect fluid from under the affected arm on the side of the surgery. Your doctor will remove this when the fluid buildup slows. This can be in a few days or even several weeks.
You should be able to go back to work or your normal routine in 3 to 6 weeks. This depends on the type of work you do and any other treatment you may need.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. This is common. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Laura S. Dominici, MD - General Surgery,
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