• After Radiation

    Asked by Beannie on Friday, March 8, 2013

    After Radiation

    I have a question - I am a huge beach XXX - I live near beach and my summer weekends are spent on the beach - what have you used or what kind of suit have you been able to wear to cover up the radiation area. My whole right breast and under are have been radiated - are there any stores or websites that cater to this problem - I don't need mastectomy suit, just something to cover radiation area up? May sound unimportant to some, but this is a big part of my life. Any suggestions.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I would wear a t shirt under your regular bathing suit.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I don't mean to be a total XXX about this, but I would read about melanoma. Seriously. My husband was diagnosed about 15 years ago and it has totally changed our way of dealing with visiting hot spots like the beach. I know you probably use tons of sunscreen, but still, I would be careful about spending too much time in the sun...just sayin'. There are probably a few people on this site who would agree with me. Take care.

      over 3 years ago
    • chutzpah's Avatar

      I was told to keep my whole body out of the sun after radiation I did go to the beach but slathered on the sun block, wore a big hat and stayed mostly under a beach umbrella. Welcome to a new normal

      over 3 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Hi Beannie - I have the same question. Just finished rads last week and am going to Florida for spring break. I was planning on using a coverup over bathing suit. I was in Phoenix this week and sat in sun under umbrella and the radiated area turned redder. Reinforced with me that I need to be careful and use sunscreen and cover up! Good luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      Thanks for responses - I am diligent about sunscreen but this will definitely change my beach trips. I will still go - too close to home and I love the beach! Guess I will be wearing a Tshirt over my suit.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      You may want to consider clothing designed for sun protection and block UV rays. Some brands are Coolibar, Solumbra, Solartex.

      over 3 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar
      Daytonagal (Best Answer!)

      I live and work on the beach so staying off the beach is not really an option. I do wear heavy duty sunscren and covered up a bit more during and after radiation. I also changed the time of day that I am outside as much as possible. Trying to find a bathingsuit was an aggravation as everything was underwire and irriated me. The mastectomy suits were awful so I finally bought my tanktops and wore them. Good luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      This website has some links to possible swimsuits you might like: http://modestswimsuitsandswimwear.com/

      over 3 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      Thanks Daytonagal, Gwendolyn and Cindy and everyone for replys. I will definitely look at website you listed Cindy and check out the UV and sun protection suits Gwendolyn. Like you Daytonagal, the beach is too much a part of my life to not go but I will adjust times of days, use umbrella, etc. Like Chutzpah said - welcome to the new normal!! Its all good - at least I am still here and can enjoy it!!

      over 3 years ago

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