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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: Swollen node around Cannula in a cancer treated person


 Gina.Jones - Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:44 pm

My mother was treated for 2nd stage breast cancer 10 years back. She was given several iv using a cannula in her left hand behind the palm.
Over the years, she got a lump developed around the injection point, which has now become somewhat stiff, but painless. This lump is about 1 cm in size and is visible. Though our physician said not to worry about, but I would like to know if this could be a potentially harmful and requires an attention of a cancer specialist.

Your advice is much appreciated.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:45 am

User avatar Hi,
The first possibility which comes to my mind is a venous pseudo-aneurysm.

The veins become very thin walled as age advances. Especially in the elderly, veins can be very friable.
Venous Pseudo-aneurysms have been reported (most of them occuring in the deep veins).
Venous pseudo-aneurysms have been reported to occur either due to blunt trauma or due to penetrating trauma.
There are a number of other swellings which may be considered in the differential diagnosis.
Best would be to consult your GP first. Best wishes!

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