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.
How long do the side effects of radiotherapy for breast cancer last? Most side effects gradually go away in the weeks or months after treatment. But some side effects can continue or might start some months or years later. Most of these side effects are rare. You might get one or two of them.
How long does it take to get over breast cancer radiation? Most skin changes get better within a few months. Changes to the breast tissue usually go away in 6 to 12 months, but it can take longer.
What happens after you finish radiation for breast cancer? Some survivors experience breathlessness, a dry cough, and/or chest pain 2 to 3 months after finishing radiation therapy. That is because radiation therapy can cause swelling and a hardening or thickening of the lungs called fibrosis.