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9/15/2017I cpmpleted 33 rounds of radiation on JUne30 (bi-lateral, stage III--had chemo in th winter, 2 lumpectomy surgeries and lymphnode panel removed from left side) Left breast became red, dark around nipple area, and HUGE in a few days. It is a long story, but I have been on a few anti-biotics, then IV Abiotics, off that (Infectious Disease Doctor took me off them and prescribed an oral....) Have had FOUR aspirations to get fluoid out --latest is bloody with particles of ? in it. Test results next week. Firt biopsy negative for MRSA, cancer cells and anything lese weird. My question is I hasve felt all along that it was the BIOZORB that was placed in my incision. It is still infected in that area, and my doctor wants to possibly put me back on IV antibiotics!! My breast didn't get much worse , if any, after off of the IV --the antibiotics are NOT working and was on IV for almost 3 weeks, and some type of oral for a month! I think my breast surgeon should go in and remove the GD marker. am I way off base here?? IF the antibiotis aren't working well, I don't want MORE and MORE put in my system.
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9/17/2017sometimes these kind of symptoms are caused by the development of lymphedema in the breast, caused by the radiation. see if a certified lymphedema therapist in rehab medicine can see you and determine if this is contributing to the problem. Haven't seen biozorb be a problem for others.

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