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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Many (if not all) of these complications can be avoided by partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy). However, only a subset of all breast cancer patients are candidates for these forms of therapy.
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Breast Radiation

Side effects during treatment are related to the skin which can get dry, red, peel, tan.
The breast can be more tender through the surgery site and there can be sharp shooting pains as well.Over time a diffuse scar tissue will form throughout the breast with the amount different for each lady.Some breasts end up bigger and others smaller.Usually takes two years to settle into permanent size and shape.

In brief: Breast Radiation

Side effects during treatment are related to the skin which can get dry, red, peel, tan.
The breast can be more tender through the surgery site and there can be sharp shooting pains as well.Over time a diffuse scar tissue will form throughout the breast with the amount different for each lady.Some breasts end up bigger and others smaller.Usually takes two years to settle into permanent size and shape.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Skin effect are

The most common during treatment, with redness of the skin in the front of the arm pit, and under the breast.
It can range from red like sunburn, to dry and tanned, to loss of the superficial skin, with oozing serum (moist desquamation). Late effects include edema or shrinkage, arm swelling, rarely lung, heart, rib injury.

In brief: Skin effect are

The most common during treatment, with redness of the skin in the front of the arm pit, and under the breast.
It can range from red like sunburn, to dry and tanned, to loss of the superficial skin, with oozing serum (moist desquamation). Late effects include edema or shrinkage, arm swelling, rarely lung, heart, rib injury.
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