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Could Radiation Therapy Make My Breast Feel Warm Months Later
No: Months later skin reactions should have gone back to normal. However some patients may develop mastitis. In this case the breast will look red and warm and obviously different than the other side. If there are obvious differences then make sure you see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more
I got a scar tissue in lung after radiation therapy for breast cancer. No one told me it could happen. What should I do?
Very rare, but...: ...Well-recognized complication of breast radiation therapy (of course, when you are that "one in a million", that doesn't help). Modern techniques are designed to maximize rx to the breast & minimize effects on the heart and lungs. Your radiation oncologist certainly should have discussed this with you pre-treatment--informed consent is a necessary part of any rx regimen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello, my mum lost her sense of smell due to chemo/radiation for triple neg breast cancer, will it ever come back? its been almost a year since she has finished chemo and 9 months since she finished radiation therapy. she is 54 years old. Thank you
Possible: If it is going to come back, we will know in the next 6-12 months. Nerves heal slowly, and when they heal, it can take a long time. Since this was a problem for a long time, it may not come back at this point. It is worth being patient. Are we certain it is due to the treatments? Sometimes a person may lose their sense of smell for other reasons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation therapy: Divided into -acute and late effects. Acute changes will include fatigue and skin changes that accumulate gradually within the radiated field over the course of treatment. Redness, soreness, sometimes with peeling off skin. Thickening of skin and breast edema also can happen. Late complication risk is low-may include arm swelling, radiation pneumonitis, nerve injury/brachila plexus etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a way to insert something into my breast where the cancer was removed and do radiation therapy from the inside?
Yes: This is a new technique called "accelerated partial breast irradiation", apbi. A hollow device is placed where the cancer was removed. Radioactivity is put in the device twice a day for five days. Trials show this equals whole breast radiation for small tumors with negative nodes in women over 60 who don't need chemotherapy. More studies are underway. Go to www.Astro.Org for updated guidelines. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. Rt is mandatory following breast conserving surgery: local recurrence rates are decreased from >25% to <5% with rt. Rt is also used after mastectomy for patients that are at high risk for local recurrence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more