What are the side effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?
- Skin reactions.
- Swelling of the breast.
- Pain in the breast or chest area.
- Hair loss in the armpit.
- Sore throat.
- Tiredness and fatigue.
- Change in breast shape, size and colour.
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.
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.
What is the most common side effect of radiation?
|Part of the body being treated||Possible side effects|
|Brain||Fatigue Hair loss Memory or concentration problems Nausea and vomiting Skin changes Headache Blurry vision|
|Breast||Fatigue Hair loss Skin changes Swelling (edema) Tenderness|