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    Has anyone had radiation for breast cancer that spread to the skin?

    Asked by mdc on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Has anyone had radiation for breast cancer that spread to the skin?

    I had rt in the past. Now having it on right breast, underarm, shoulder and spot on back. Interested in knowing others experience, best moisturizer to use, and anything else you can share.

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    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      Though I hadn't had anything spread like that, I can tell you Aquafor was what I used on the entire breast, armpit, and surrounding areas. Because it's slimy, I used cruddy bras and wore old T-shirts or night gowns as under garments so my nice shirts and night gowns wouldn't get all nasty. HUGS and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • Annette66's Avatar
      Annette66

      I used eucerin aquaphor.

      over 6 years ago
    • suz1's Avatar
      suz1

      Even though the rads dr said they didn't target the area, it spread on me. Right after my BC journey, I had to deal with possible thyroid cancer. That dr said he could see where the radation spread up to my neck. My skin was discolored from the neck down. It went away after the thyroid was taken out however my chest, arm and breast are a permanent tan and it's been 9 months since my last rad treatment

      over 6 years ago
    • mdc's Avatar
      mdc

      Thank you for the responses. Everything helps.

      over 6 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      Aquafor worked very well for me.

      over 6 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar
      Roadrunner

      Not sure what you mean about spreading.....I am going to assume that you mean the burns and discoloration of the skin. Yes, I had burning really bad under my left arm. It looked like a steak that had been left on the grill to long. I used Radiaplex which is a rx and that helped me the most. Alot of the other creams made the burn hurt worse. When I first started rads the center told me to buy about two dozen cheap tshirts and found some at Shopko for $4.88 each. Got half in bright pink and half in greens and blues so that my laundry would be easy to keep up. For me because of some of the other creams I tried in the beginning and towards the end the blood and body fluid I just tossed the shirts out. They were stained really bad and I didn't have the energy to clean them. I could not tolerate to wear a bra and just usually slept in a clean tshirt. I drove myself to and from the hospital for my treatment and before I left the hospital the last four weeks they would make me drink a small bottle of boost (yuck) and eat a boost bar because I was just going home and sleeping. I had fatigue really bad. My center was awesome and the staff was great. Looking back it was just a little blimp in the journey. It takes longer to get to and from the center then it does to actually get the radiation. Good Luck

      over 6 years ago
    • Suzieq2u's Avatar
      Suzieq2u

      I used a product called miaderm. You can buy it online bit I bought it at the hospital gift shop. When my skin was really bad the doctor prescribed a burn cream called silvadene. It worked really well but you need to covet it with some kind of dressing so it doesn't get all over your clothes. Praying for your healing. Hugs!

      over 6 years ago
    • LymphActivist's Avatar
      LymphActivist

      What, exactly, is spreading? Is it redness, swelling, tenderness, ???

      Ask your doctor for an evaluation of breast/truncal lymphedema, or delayed breast cellulitis.

      over 6 years ago
    • mdc's Avatar
      mdc

      The spread is not from radiation itself. I have skin lesions from the breast cancer on my shoulder, underarm, right chest, and a little on my back. When the lesions showed up on my shoulder and a little under my arm I thought they were lymph nodes. My physical therapist mentioned skin lesions and when I looked back at the oncologist's note I saw he mentioned bcmets to the skin. I have had two radiation treatments so far. I did start to use miaderm. I have lymphedema on the right side already. I know the treatments will make it worse so am starting to counter that with more massage and wrapping. I'm concerned about my right lung as I already have pleural effusions that I'm dealing with. I had my right lung tapped a month ago and feel fine so far. I have a pleurx cath in my left side. My husband drains it twice a week. I do appreciate the responses.

      over 6 years ago
    • LindaAnnie's Avatar
      LindaAnnie

      I used Aquafor in early stages, but it is very greasy and had to be removed before each radiation session. When burns got worse, I switched to "Jean's Cream" -- it's soothing, not greasy at all, and absorbs in. Once blisters formed, the oncology nurse gave me some Mepilex sheets (silicone with no adhesives) that are used for burn patients. Finally, the doctor gave me a prescription for Silverdene burn cream, which soothes and fights against infections. Good luck to you.

      over 6 years ago
    • mdc's Avatar
      mdc

      Thanks everyone. I do appreciate the feedback. Right now I am using the Miaderm. I also have Aquaphor. The Jean's Cream, Silverdene and Mepilex Sheets are good options to know about. Thanks again.

      over 6 years ago

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