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what are your experiences with getting radiation after breast cancer surgery? What were your side effects if any? Did you use a certain cream, oil or vitamin to lesson the effects?

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  • Mabel Dominguez Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Ask your doctor what they recommend, please be aware that if your immune system is weak radiation will leave you tired drink plenty of water.
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    • gima green Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok

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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    A lot of women experience some fatigue with radiation treatments. Every place is different in what they recommend their patients use on the skin; mine told me to use pure aloe vera gel and other than being bright red my skin stayed intact. Normally for the last 2 weeks my RT would have prescribed an antibiotic cream to use but since I'm allergic to the main ingredient and my skin was intact with no blisters he didn't have me use it.
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  • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2014
    I found radiation so more do able !! Then chemo ... Tired , red skin, area where my seatbelt rubbed on my neck which took my skin away , I had 24 sessions on 2 areas ( underarm and ex breast area) ....and still now almost 15 mths out I have a large brown area , I have white skin and the doctor is surprised I'm still so tan on my chest and under arms ....Cream , rest , water, and cool ( not freezing) face cloth on the red area , repeat when needed ..to take the heat away ...Good luck ::))
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  • keri rutledge Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2015
    I had 33 rounds of radiation after a lumpectomy. The first couple weeks were pretty easy, although I had some fatigue. Around #20, my skin had become very red and burnt (much like a sunburn) and the radiological oncologist gave me a few days of rest and silver sulfate to mix with the aquaphor that I was using religiously twice a day, since radiation started. Yes, it leaves you a bit goopy, but I bought a pack of all cotton tee shirts so I wouldn't ruin any of my good clothes. A bra became too painful for me at about #20-25 as well, so I stopped wearing them and opted for a jacket over my plain tee shirts. My employers were kind enough to relax the dress code for me.
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  • gima green Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    What does the aquaphor do? I hope I don't sound dumb but I don't know is all.
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    • Susan Pilkington Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Aquaphor keeps the skin moist. Radiation causes your skin to get dry and peel if not moisturizer religiously. I used it two times per day until my skin opened up. I had a severe burn reaction and required Silvadene and hydrogel dressings twice per...

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      Aquaphor keeps the skin moist. Radiation causes your skin to get dry and peel if not moisturizer religiously. I used it two times per day until my skin opened up. I had a severe burn reaction and required Silvadene and hydrogel dressings twice per day starting at day 21 and going 4 weeks post treatment. My reaction is very uncommon. The hydrogel soaked gauze worked like a charm over the silvadene. Best wishes for minimal side effects. 🌺

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