This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: In 2007, I was diagnosed with stage 3 metaplastic breast cancer that had not spread to the lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy followed by 5 different chemotherapys and a month of radiation. In 2011, I had a very small {encapsulated} ductal cancer, followed by a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The cancer was in the left breast both times. I have just discovered a lump about the size of a quarter in my right breast. Answer:Since you have had a right mastectomy and reconstruction the chances for a new cancer in that breast are low. However, you should have your breast surgeon examine you right away to rule that out. Since you had reconstruction, the lump could also be scar from the surgery but you should definitely let your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon check it out soon.

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