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

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      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 2 years ago
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      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 2 years ago
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      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 2 years ago
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    Clinical Trial (NIH): One arm of the study received taxotere and a vaccine. The other only received the taxotere. Unfortunately I was the chemo arm of the study. I was on the study a little over 1.5 years. Towards the end I could not tolerate the taxotere and received 4 vaccine treatments. The diesease came back and I started on Xeloda which seems to be working. I've been on Xeloda since March 2012.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I received Avastin and Taxol. It seemed to work and I went into remission. I was on hormone therapy for a while and then back on Taxol.

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      That is what Therapy I am taking now. When I took my first ct scan it said that the tumor had shrunk almost in half, how long have you been in remission?

      about 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Removal of lymph node on my breast and under my arm. )

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I was on Tamoxifen for almost two years before we realized it had failed. I had a recurrence. I found a lump under my arm. The disease had spread to my lymph node and into my bones. I felt the lump in December of 2006. I had surgery February of 2007 and received the news that the disease spread.