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I was diagnosed with breast carcinoma. I have been itching

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I was diagnosed with breast carcinoma. I have been itching without rashes that make me look like cooked crab. My oncologist says its nerves. My brother died of cancer. While going thru his cancer he had constant skin discomfort and feeling like bugs are crawling on his skin. I have read in the web that itching is a sign of pancreatic and breast cancer. I feel miserable until I take Benadryl or Ativan which is very short acting. What can stop this?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Anil replied 2 months ago.


I understand your concern.

For symptomatic treatment of itching you can apply calamine lotion.

Also you can discuss with your doctor about long acting anti histamine like Allegra.(fexofenadine)

I hope this helps

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
But what is its connection with cancer. Never had this I my life until I had cancer
Expert:  Dr.Anil replied 2 months ago.

Paraneoplastic pruritus is where itching occurs in association with cancer. The mechanisms in paraneoplastic pruritus are complex and are not fully understood.

Itching in paraneoplastic pruritus is usually generalised (all over the body) without any obvious rash.

The line of treatment may include

Anti histaminics

Anti depressants