Does radiation for breast cancer make you sick? Radiation to the breast can sometimes damage some of the nerves to the arm. This is called brachial plexopathy and can lead to numbness, pain, and weakness in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Radiation to the underarm lymph nodes might cause lymphedema, a type of pain and swelling in the arm or chest.
How many sessions of radiation is needed for breast cancer? If you need radiotherapy, your treatment will begin about a month after your surgery or chemotherapy to give your body a chance to recover. You’ll probably have radiotherapy sessions 3 to 5 days a week, for 3 to 5 weeks. Each session will last a few minutes.
How long do side effects from breast cancer radiation last? Most side effects go away within a few months of ending treatment. Some side effects may continue after treatment ends because it takes time for the healthy cells to recover from radiation. Side effects might limit your ability to do some things.
How long does it take to heal after radiation for breast cancer? Skin reactions from radiation therapy are usually strongest 1 or 2 weeks after you finish radiation therapy and then start to heal. It often takes 3 to 4 weeks for skin reactions to heal. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your radiation oncologist or nurse.