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    kashcra asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Does radition cause dents in your fingernails? I didn't have themntil radiation started.

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      lynn1950

      I don't think chemo affected my nails, but chemo certainly did. I still have faint vertical ridges in them (which I've read is associated with normal aging). Since I'm 62, I may not be able to blame chemo on my ridges!

      about 4 years ago
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      lynn1950

      Wish we could edit our answers. I meant that I don't think radiation affected my nails, but chemo did...........

      about 4 years ago
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      Ydnar2xer

      I didn't get ridges in my nails, either, when I had radiation the first time I had DCIS. I was pretty lucky, because my skin got by ok, too. Many of the women I saw before & after my treatments had what looked like blistering sunburns after many sessions, but I hope you react more like I did! Now I am facing chemo with more DCIS and IDC as well. I've never done chemo before and am apprehensive...

      about 4 years ago
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    Does anyone know if radiation changes your fingernails? I now have dents in most of my nails, but they are still growing and are strong.

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    I stil have trouble leaving the house. I hate not having hair! I have 3 wigs and several scarves, but it is not the same. Having cancer has totally changed my life. That is all I think about. It is hard not to get depressed. People stare at you. I know I was lucky when I didn't lose my eyebrows and eyelashes. I have just started the hormone medication that blocks the hormone receptors. So far, no side effects! Its just been a very hard time for me. In my family, you get cancer, you die, so it's hard to keep a positive attitude. The one thing that helps, is watching my grandson, he was born with disabilities, far worse than what I am going through, and he always has a smile on his face.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I am currently waiting for radiation to begin. I have discussed it with my chemotheray oncologist. I had assumed since my surgeon said she got all the cancer removed, that the radiation was preventative. She said no, there are cancer cells that are too small to be seen, so my radiation is another treatment procedure. I was floored! All this time, I had assumed the cancer was gone. I was already disappointed when I couldn't get the brachytherapy. Apparently it is not an option when lymph nodes are involved. My surgeon was awesome, and she even thought they caught the cancer early, my first diagnosis was stage 1, now it is stage 2a.