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 do you feel after radiation treatment for breast cancer?
- Skin reactions. Radiotherapy can cause skin reactions.
- Swelling of the breast. Your breast or chest area may appear swollen and feel uncomfortable.
- Pain in the breast or chest area.
- Hair loss in the armpit.
- Sore throat.
- Tiredness and fatigue.
- Change in breast shape, size and colour.
What does breast cancer radiation do to your body? 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 long does it take to recover from breast radiation treatment? 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.