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What is it like to have radiation treatment for breast cancer?

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Always there for you @ Credihealth 03 April 2018 at 10:44

Yes, radiotherapy or radiation treatment can cause side effects. The effects may appear after a couple of weeks of treatment. They continue to get even worse during the treatment and after the treatment has finished. However, A few weeks after treatment things start to get better.
Everyone is different and the side effects vary from person to person. You won't have all of the effects mentioned.
Possible side effects include:

  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Reddening or darkening of your skin
  • Breast changes (swelling of the breast or chest area)
  • Loss of armpit hair
  • Problems with moving your arms and shoulders

Long term side effects

Most side effects eventually go away in the weeks or months after treatment. But some side effects may remain or might start some months or years later. Most of these side effects are very rare.
Long term side effects can include:

  • Swollen Arm
  • Skin changes
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Bone problems

Consult your doctor or nurse if you have any of the side effects. When treatment ends you usually have regular appointments for about 5 years afterwards.