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Is it usual to get a breast infection after radiation?

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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Possible

Radiation treatment can cause significant changes to the skin and breast tissue including ulcerations, redness, and long-term problems such as fibrosis (hardening).
These changes can look similar to infection but usually are not; ask your radiation oncologist.

In brief: Possible

Radiation treatment can cause significant changes to the skin and breast tissue including ulcerations, redness, and long-term problems such as fibrosis (hardening).
These changes can look similar to infection but usually are not; ask your radiation oncologist.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology

In brief: No

Getting an infection in the breast after external beam radiation is very rare.
It happens in only 1% of patients or less. Infections can be more common after partial breast brachytherapy where a device is left in the breast penetrating through the skin. Infections probably occur in about 10% of women getting this treatment, but they usually are easily controlled with antibiotics.

In brief: No

Getting an infection in the breast after external beam radiation is very rare.
It happens in only 1% of patients or less. Infections can be more common after partial breast brachytherapy where a device is left in the breast penetrating through the skin. Infections probably occur in about 10% of women getting this treatment, but they usually are easily controlled with antibiotics.
Dr. Lauren Stegman
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