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|3/13/2012||I finished treatment for breast cancer about 5 years ago. I'm 50 years old now and a few days ago developed shingles on my previously irradiated skin. (I had reconstruction with silicone implant after mastectomy) Are there any special precautions I should take? I am already on an antiviral drug? Should I be concerned about lymphedema in that arm also since I had all of my lymph nodes removed under that arm?|
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|3/14/2012||Good questions. Since shigles is an inflammatory process that could 'kick' the lymphatic system into gear, just be vigilant about any increased swelling in the arm of the affected side. Does not mean you will develope. Hope this helps and best wishes.|
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