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    CathyMurphy asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Radiation burn

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    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      By the end of my radiation I had a seriously bad burn. Blisters. It HURT! I couldn't stand clothing against my skin and it was January in the Northeast. It intensified for several days AFTER treatment ended. I was at wits end until I had a (chemobrain delayed) brain storm. I had access to a product called Ferris Polymem, a wound dressing manufactured by Ferris Manufacturing
      Corporation. I put a patch of it over the burn and held in place with a bandage around my chest. In three days the burn was gone!

      4 days ago
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      Newbee

      I had 4wks of radiation. I burned a little. I used a cream called "Aquaphor" that was recommended to me it helps a lot.

      4 days ago
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      SandiA

      I had 36 treatments to my neck. I didn’t burn until the end. It didn’t hurt as much as it was annoying. I told I was told to watch what I wore. He said not to wear anything that may scratch it in any way. I also had to be careful because it bled. They gave me creams which I guessed helped but mainly made stains on my tops. I noticed some others suggested some creams that are clear they may work better. But definitely mention to your center they always have good ideas. Wishing you all the best!

      2 days ago
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    CathyMurphy asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Radiation

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      Jouska

      The chemo will definitely wear you out. But hopefully you are done with the Taxotare and Carboplatin and Perjeta. The Herceptin, which I am guessing will continue, doesn't tend to tire you out as it is not a chemo. But it will take quite some time to recover from the chemo. Probably close to as long as you were on it. I thought I should recover in three weeks. Not! But slowly and surely I gained more and more of my life back. I did not have radiation, so I can't speak to its effects.

      about 1 month ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      I didn't have chemo, but I did have radiation (3DCRT--16 hypofractionated treatments to the tumor bed). I did have a bit of queasiness the day after my first 5 treatments, but I think in retrospect it may have been dehydration and hypoglycemia from having an unusually extremely busy day and very little to eat or drink. Fatigue never really set in--I did sleep like a baby w/o any pharmaceutical assistance, though--unusual for me. But most people who get the 33-treatment+5 boost whole breast protocol do get fatigue.

      about 1 month ago
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      HotRodTodd

      I have had radiation and chemo. I would say I had more side effects from the chemo than I did the radiation.

      about 1 month ago
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    CathyMurphy asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Hematoma

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      PatsyLV

      Hang in there

      3 months ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      Has nothing to do with chemo, or should I say you can get incisional hematomas & seromas (the latter are common) regardless of whether or not you have chemo. Sounds like the surgeon may be trying to "pass the buck" for something that she should have warned you about or explained at the outset. My axillary (SNB, in armpit) incisional seroma burst due to the weight of the breast (incision had been steri-stripped rather than sutured).

      Surgeon's NP wanted me to just pack it with sterile gauze 3x/day for up to 6 wks. I was having none of it due to a busy lifestyle with travel--then my surgeon's partner took one look and agreed with me that with a breast that large & heavy it'd never close on its own. (I asked if I should have been offered a reduction along with the lumpectomy, but he diplomatically said "well, you hadn't been MY patient"). After he squeezed out the fluid, he did six stitches and I was good to go. Sutures removed two weeks later, incision held, seroma shrank and was gone w/in 6 mos. Had oncoplastic consult in Jan.--new surgeon said she wouldn't touch that breast, but she's onboard with my reducing the other, noncancerous one (was bigger to begin with) if my next annual mammo is clear and I've lost 10 lbs. (Most of the way there re the latter).

      Just curious--where are you getting the "silicone" to pack it? And who instructed you to do so?

      3 months ago
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      CathyMurphy

      From the surgeon and they instructed me and have friend that’s a nurse

      3 months ago