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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

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 more

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Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Depends: The most common side effect is fatigue. This will generally resolve on its' own over weeks to months after treatment. Exercise can help to speed up that recovery. Skin inflammation (radiation dermatitis) is also quite common, and also resolves on its' own. Using a natural anti-inflammatory skin cream (i.e. Calendula) can help. There are many possible side effects, so discuss these with your docs. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

Varies: Radiation affects different body parts in different ways. Early stage breast cancer relatively few symptoms - typically some fatigue, sometimes a mild sunburn like skin irritation in the radiated areas. Base of the tongue, much harsher side effects (and it is often combined with chemotherapy). They all get severe dry mouth, and may be unable to eat for awhile. Ask your rad onc doc for specifics. ...Read more

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Are the side effects of radiation therapy usually worse than those of chemotherapy?

Are the side effects of radiation therapy usually worse than those of chemotherapy?

Not generally.: Radiation is a local or regional treatment. Chemotherapy goes all over in the bloodstream. Therefore chemotherapy has a greater chance to affect more things and have more potential side effects. However each patient is different and radiation can be worse than chemotherapy if it causes significant side effect where it is being aimed. This depends then on the actual area being radiated. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat the side effects of radiation therapy ?

Depends: On the site of radiation. It is always important to try to eat as balanced as possible. If you have a sore mouth, tell your doctor. If fatigued ask if you are anemic. But still walk!don't be a couch potato it just makes it worse. For sore /dry skin it depends at what course of treatment you are in. Ask your dr what you can put on it to make it better, as some things will make it worse. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help treat the side effects of radiation therapy?

Are there any medications that can help treat the side effects of radiation therapy?

Yes: Depending on the side effects and where in the body radiation is given there are many remedies and medications. There will be over the counter medications or prescription medications. The doctor visits with the patient once or more a week to assess these side effects and provide the correct remedy. ...Read more

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After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy make my breast feel warm months later?

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 more

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Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Breast Radiation: Readiation can have mild or severe effects on breast reconstruction. In some cases you may need additional survey to bring healthy tissue from other parts of the body to complete your reconstruction. ...Read more

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Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Yes: It's not ideal but it can be done safely. The patient is treated like any other breast cancer patient without reconstruction. ...Read more

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