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Hi everyone,

My name is Ruth and I had lumpectomy and lymph node removal 2 weeks ago. My consultant drained my seroma 3 days ago but uts full of fluid again already. I am massaging it gently and applying warm moist cloths to it to help my body re absorb fluid. I have radiation in approx 4 weeks and will need it drained again before starting but us there anything else I can be doing in the meantime. Many thanks in advance for any suggestions

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  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse
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    Thank you for getting in touch.

    You are doing the right thing by placing warm towels on the area to help absorb the excess fluid, which in most cases reabsorbs naturally.

    As Lou mentioned, sometimes radiotherapy may have to be delayed as a result but fingers crossed for you.

    My best wishes

    Liz 💕💕

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital


  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin


    Hi Ruth,

    Welcome to this lovely group! I'm Blanka and I'm the Community Admin on here.

    I cannot give you advice unfortunately, however our friendly oncology nurse @LizzyB73 will be able to advise you further! I tagged her in this discussion, so she will get in touch as soon as possible. :)

    In the meantime, this article has a section on managing fluids / seroma specifically:

    I hope others who went through similar experiences will get in touch too!

    Best wishes,


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Ruth,

    Welcome to the community, I hope you are finding recovery from the lumpectomy and lymph node removal not too painful.

    I had a mastectomy and lymph node clearance, so a bit different to you.

    I would suggest contacting the nurses again if the fluid build up continues to increase, as you may need the fluid to be drained again. As a precaution keep an eye on whether it feels hot, or leaking, or looks 'orange peel' like, as it may indicate an infection brewing.

    It sounds as if you are doing everything you can already to help the recovery. If the nurses feel it is not recovered sufficiently by the time RT is due, it will be postponed until you are ready, which is not an unusual thing to occur. My RT was delayed for over a month after my surgery, as I developed an infection. Delaying it didn't have an adverse effect on things.

    I hope you are having a restful afternoon,

    Take care,

    Lou xx


    Thanks so much Lou

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