What does a breast look like after radiation? After radiotherapy, the skin of the breast may change colour. It may become darker with a blue or black tinge. It may also be more sensitive. It is important to protect the area from strong sunlight by covering up with clothes or using a sun cream with a high sun protection factor (SPF).
How many rounds of radiation is normal for breast cancer? A common treatment schedule (course) historically has included one radiation treatment a day, five days a week (usually Monday through Friday), for five or six weeks. This course is still commonly used in people who require radiation to the lymph nodes.
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.
What are side effects of radiation 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.