• Has anyone considered having radiation tattoos removed?

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Has anyone considered having radiation tattoos removed?

    I never wanted to be tattooed but I didn't have a choice as radiation continued and the temporary tattoos weren't staying on. I know they are very small dots but I know they are there and they bother me. I know it wouldn't take much to have them removed from a dermatologist, I'm just not sure if I want to go through that process. Any thoughts?

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    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Good question!

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I didn't know they put on permanent ones, my nurses just kept fussing at me and telling me to stop washing them off.

      about 5 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      I think that if I had a better prognosis, I would consider at least asking someone about it -although they do serve a purpose for me other than the one for which they were intended. My sister-in-law is a multiple, full-body tattooed girl and every time I see her, she asks me when I'm going to get a tattoo (she has succeeded in getting several family members to get at least one). I can now tell her that I already have some. :) Seriously, if you want them gone, go to a dermatologist and see what they can do. Why not?

      about 5 years ago
    • carolk2222's Avatar
      carolk2222

      I still have the little dot tattoos. Sometimes people notice the one on my upper chest that is visible with the tops and shirts I wear. Most people that know me know what it is. I have had it for 30 yrs so I don't even think about it. If someone I don't know asks me about it I tell them it is my tattoo :) I then usually give them a short explanation. I never even thought about getting them taken off. I kind of think of them as a reminder of my cancer survival and all I went through. Maybe like a badge of courage.

      about 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      IF they bother you.... I'd say at 38, I'd have them removed.... I didn't have radiation... But I had chemo for two years almost..... I WOULD NOT LET THEM PUT A PORT IN ME. My mind said... no "that's cancer" That's bad.... (I let them dig in my arms and hands to give IV... and I did have a port placed under my rib for infusion of Interperitaneal chemo to catch the bits and pieces that tried to hide) and strangely.... I left that port in.... It would have been surgery to remove it and welll..... It's been 6 1/2 years cancer free....

      Go for it.... have the tats removed... You'll breath free.... I'm 69 now was 62 at diagnosis... I sometimes forget how I've been blessed with life, but still thank God every night.... I'll be dancing at my grandson's wedding this Saturday night.... God is good... Have the tats removed..

      about 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      IF they bother you.... I'd say at 38, I'd have them removed.... I didn't have radiation... But I had chemo for two years almost..... I WOULD NOT LET THEM PUT A PORT IN ME. My mind said... no "that's cancer" That's bad.... (I let them dig in my arms and hands to give IV... and I did have a port placed under my rib for infusion of Interperitaneal chemo to catch the bits and pieces that tried to hide) and strangely.... I left that port in.... It would have been surgery to remove it and welll..... It's been 6 1/2 years cancer free....

      Go for it.... have the tats removed... You'll breath free.... I'm 69 now was 62 at diagnosis... I sometimes forget how I've been blessed with life, but still thank God every night.... I'll be dancing at my grandson's wedding this Saturday night.... God is good... Have the tats removed..

      about 5 years ago
    • EAE's Avatar
      EAE

      Just got mine a little over a week ago. Wasn't even given an option of anything else. I want them OFF as soon as I can and radiation hasn't even started. Instead of the little pinch I was told I would feel, they burned. By the next day it looked like I had half a ping pong ball under my skin at each of them. By the second day they began developing an itchy rash that looks and feels exactly like the eczema I had as a kid. I feel like I am living on benedryl as cortisone creme does nothing when the irritant is below the top layer of skin. I am really dreading how my already broke out skin is going to react to radiation. Can't wait to have them removed so I can stop itching.

      about 5 years ago

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