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What are the effects of radiation?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Janelle Strunk Profile
    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One
    Your doctor and nurse would be the best people to speak with about side effects as side effects vary from person to person and depend on the radiation dose and what part(s) of the body are being treated. Sometimes, your overall health will affect how your body reacts to radiation treatment. Some of the most common side effects include, but may not be limited to: fatigue and weakness, reddening of the skin of the treated area, breast discomfort or pain, and swelling of the breast or arm on treated side. There are some ways to take special care of yourself during treatment that may reduce side effects: 1. Get plenty of rest 2. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet 3. Take care of the skin in the treatment area 4. Do not wear tight clothes over the treatment area 5. Do not rub, scrub, or use adhesive tape on treated skin 6. Do not put heat or cold (heating pad, heat lamp, ice pack) on the treatment area 7. Protect the treated area from the sun 8. Tell your doctor about ALL medicines you are taking (including vitamins, herbs, aspirin, etc.) Take care!
    about 7 years Flag
    • Robert Weiss Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Excellent answer!
      I would add one item. If your breast is inflamed, tender and swollen you may have breast lymphedema caused by tissue changes due to irradiation. A visit to a qualified lymphedema therapist might be in order for assessment,...

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      Excellent answer!
      I would add one item. If your breast is inflamed, tender and swollen you may have breast lymphedema caused by tissue changes due to irradiation. A visit to a qualified lymphedema therapist might be in order for assessment, treatment and advice. See my web site for further details:
      http://www.lymphactivist.org/breast_lymphedema-1.pdf

      over 3 years Flag
  • Eleanor Johnson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    The only effect i received from radiation was just the darken of my skin. I did not experience the tiredness that most patients do.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Jen Yong Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    tomorrow will be my 21st day out of 28 days of radiation for me and the worst part for me is just the fatigue- my motivation has been lacking and the soreness I feel in the breast/underarm area. I feel that after a few sessions of the radiation- it made it hurt a little more to lift my arm above my head...also I seem to be more hungrier than usual which may have nothing to do with radiation and just my need for snacking constantly LOL
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Linda Brooks Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Janelle had excellent reply. As with chemo, everyone's body reacts differently. Be sure to ask your doctor or radiation techs any questions you may have,
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Buster OBuster Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had 3rd degree burns, fatigue
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Katherine Ehrlich Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    It definitely differs person to person and you can't go by age either! My mom was 69 when she was diagnosed with DCIS and had radiation. She went every morning before work and said that "it was nothing." lol. She worked as a master florist...five days a week, eight hours a day, working with arms at chest level. And then I've heard of women in their 30s & 40s who said they had to take a nap every day. Now it's my turn. I'm 48 and will start radiation the first week of October. I'm going to concentrate on thinking positively and that it won't be "too bad." :)
    almost 6 years Comment Flag

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