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Can I swim during radiation treatment?

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I just went to my radiation planning appointment. I was told the same thing as Connie - no swimming during radiation.
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  • Alison Smith Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I did with no problems. I wore a shirt over my bathing suit just to make sure I didn't get any sun exposure on the treatment area.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I just saw a sweet ad for a young girl who is performing in the Olympics... and her Mom is going through radiation treatment for breast cancer. Mom goes for a swim every morning and then has her treatments each afternoon! Sounds like a wonderful idea to me. Enjoy yourself! Take care, Sharon
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      :-)

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Sharon, why can't the radiated part be sun exposed?

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sheryl, the radiation acts as sun exposure x100. I may be over/underestimating that figure, but essentially, the radiation beam burns the skin as it zaps away cancer cells. My radiation area is clearly defined like a sunburn/tan. It's even...

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      Sheryl, the radiation acts as sun exposure x100. I may be over/underestimating that figure, but essentially, the radiation beam burns the skin as it zaps away cancer cells. My radiation area is clearly defined like a sunburn/tan. It's even really freckled in the areas that were treated, so the skin will be extra sensitive to sun for that reason. It will burn quickly and there's no need to expose it further. Hope this answers your question !

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Erin, said it all in her answer. This board is so wonderful because women are very generous about sharing their experiences. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
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      Thank you both do much. My dr never told me and I went to the beach all day yesterday not knowing to be extra careful. I guess when I go in tomorrow for my radiation they will see my new bikini lines. Thank you soooo much for caring. Hugs

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I have the same exact response as Alison! Got a few thin, sleeveless athletic shirts and have worn them all summer to the beach and to pools. Just avoid direct sun exposure on area!
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Erin

      Thanks for your response :-)
      Did you swim in chlorinated pools too with no problems?
      Thanks, I just want to be sure!

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes, I did. The shirts I use are 100% polyester. I got the Champion brand from Target. They're inexpensive ($9.99) and thin and they dry quickly. They also don't get affected by the chlorine like cotton would. As for your skin, I would...

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      Yes, I did. The shirts I use are 100% polyester. I got the Champion brand from Target. They're inexpensive ($9.99) and thin and they dry quickly. They also don't get affected by the chlorine like cotton would. As for your skin, I would imagine that chlorine is ok as well, since I never heard otherwise! If you end up with any burns/sores that open then you may want to check with your doctor in regards to the chlorine issue. I live near the beach so when my burn started to get irritated I hit the salt water a few times. It feels 100% better now a week after finishing rads.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you :-)

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  • Janice Raiford Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I swam all during my radiation. Just made sure I covered the affected area from the sun.
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  • Connie Logan Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    This is part answer and part question. I have one more radiation treatment on Monday for a total of 28. My radiation doctor told me no way was I to swim in my own beautiful in ground pool. I hope I didn't miss a whole summer for nothing!
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