Lack of Sensation in Breast

Author: OncoLink Team
Last Reviewed: August 8, 2018

What is it?

Lack of sensation in the breast is loss of feeling in the breast. This can be caused by damage to nerves during surgery or may be a late effect of radiation therapy to the breast.

Significant sensory changes are common with surgical treatments for breast cancer. This change can  affect sexuality for some women, as a loss of sensation in the breasts as an accessory sex organ may affect sexual arousal.

Management

Sensory changes may increase the risk of infection if early signs of infection are not recognized. To prevent infection, practice breast hygiene. This includes careful washing and drying of the skin and watching for redness, inflammation, discharge and other signs of infection.

When to contact your care team 

If you have any concerns about the sensory changes in your breast or with changes to your sexuality, discuss these with your care provider. Sometimes it is difficult for people to discuss sexual topics. Your care provider may ask questions to help you discuss any concerns you have.

References

American Cancer Society [Internet]. Sexuality After Breast Cancer. 2017. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-after-sexuality

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