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    Radiation (External radiation ): I used natural treatment for burns - aloe vera leaves. A breast cancer survivor gave that advice and I tell all of my Reach to Recovery patients this. Get some aloe vera leaves (plant them and they grow like wildfire!), cut the leaves and squeeze out the juice. That was the only thing I put on my breast, underarm area and I didn't get burned. (Well, I neglected to put it under my arm and that was the ONLY area that was burned!)

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemo is never easy, so I couldn't answer that it was easy to do. However, I tolerated it well - according to my oncologist. I didn't have any major side effects (with the exception of gastro-intestinal distress) until after treatment 4 of the 6. (After that, I swelled up, it was difficult to walk, and I felt the effects of neuropathy.) I answered neutral actually to all of these questions because it wasn't a 'piece of cake' but I was lucky that I wasn't as affected by the treatment as others have.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy)