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I hear you can't have blood drawn or shots in the arms after a mastectomy. Is that true? If so, what do you to to have blood drawn and any shots like a flu shot? I'm having a double mastectomy in mid- May so I'm worried about this. Please help.

Leann Moeller Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer over 2 years
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    You're welcome Leann. I enjoy helping when I can. Thank so much for the nice compliment. :). I remember when I was newly diagnosed. I was so scared & it helped me tremendously by talking to other women who had been in my shoes. :). I've come a long way and certainly didn't do it alone. :) Yes, you're more than welcome to e-mail me at luvshermusic47@gmail.com. And/or Facebook as well.
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Leann...that's only if you have lymph nodes removed. For instance...I had a double mastectomy last Oct. They only removed lymph nodes from my right side. Due to this, I can't have my blood pressure taken, blood drawn etc. on my right arm. However i can have these procedures done on my left arm. This is to decrease the risk of you having lymphedema. There is no cure for lymphedema but you can do things to try & prevent it such as the things I mentioned, & many other things. :)
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Depends on how many nodes were removed too...if only a few, you can still have bloodwork and BP on same side. And how active you Were/are Check with your doc though...mine cleared up some of the myths I read about
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had 5 sentinal nodes removed and every doctor warned me to have no blood draws, no BP, no flu shots, etc. Maybe the tide is changing?

      over 2 years Flag
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had only 1, so maybe that's the difference? But it was also 4 months ago, so maybe new answers ?

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had only 1, so maybe that's the difference? But it was also 4 months ago, so maybe new answers ?

      over 2 years Flag
    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had 2 nodes removed 2 weeks ago and my doctor told me no blood draws or blood pressure in my left arm due to increased chance of lymphodema. So hard when we a

      over 2 years Flag
    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Oops, hit send before I was done.....but I was going to say, it's hard when we are all told something different

      over 2 years Flag
    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Very hard. It wouldn't hurt to ask another specialist.

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  • Leann Moeller Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you so much for this information. That makes me feel better. I've had nodes removed already from my left side and they were all negative - thank goodness. I'm nervous about the surgery but excited to be at this point. Diane do you have an email address or a website so I can ask you more questions? I notice you always have such wonderful answers and such a positive outlook!! You have been such an inspiration to me and I know others on here!!! Thank you!
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