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Topic: itchy nipple

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2010 11:07PM

mattzie wrote:

hi - i have searched all over and i can't find anything about anyone getting an itchy nipple from radiation. i am just about to enter week #5 of radiation to my left breast tomorrow and for about a week my left nipple has itched daily. i am not burned and i have been putting aloe vera on a couple times a day after my session, especially there. well, i don't think i am burned, my breast is tanning and my nipple is browner on the left than my normal one on the right. it's not pain, it's definitely an itch, and the only results i get for that on a search are either paget's disease or inflammatory breast cancer so that doesn't help me feel any better. has anyone else had an itching nipple as a result of radiation?? thanks!

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Mar 22, 2010 10:32PM tic wrote:

I share your pain or rather itch-  I am on week four and it just started.  It doesn't happen all the time- just now and then.  I use Aquaphor or hydrocortisone when its starts and that seems to take care of it.  I also have a reddish tan.  

Dx 12/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 22, 2010 10:36PM YramAL wrote:

I am starting week 5. Yes, I have had an itchy nipple. I used hydrocorisone cream which helped with the itch. My nipple is now starting to peel, along with the rest of my breast. I don't think I've ever had my nipple peel before! Maybe because I never suntanned topless...


Mary-Oncotype Score 11 Dx 12/7/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 22, 2010 10:56PM , edited Mar 22, 2010 10:56PM by CTMOM1234

I'm in week 3, and yes, itchy nipple just started. Are you prone? I'm prone and nurse who gave me orientation speech after simulation had mentioned that in that position I'd be less likely to have itch in the fold under my breast but more likely that my nipple would become sensitive, itchy, and maybe crack. So you're normal . . . at least among this group. Good luck and think "not itchy thoughts."

When I grow up I want to be an old woman. Jan'10 lump.for grade 2 DCIS;SURPRISE1.75mm grade 2 idc in path report,stage 1a; Jan'10 snb 0/3 nodes; Mar-Apr'10 rads: 25 full+5 boosts prone position, stickers/no tats; May'10 declined tamox. Doing fine. Dx 11/1/2009, ER+/PR+
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Mar 23, 2010 01:50PM mattzie wrote:

glad i am not alone! i saw the rad onco yesterday (or The Radiator as i like to call her) and she said a little hydrocortisone was OK. that's good, because i'd started using some out of desperation over the weekend anyway. nothing else seems amiss, but i am definitely being more generous with the after sun aloe and the moisturizer now. i have too much of a tendency to think i will skate through everything. thanks everyone!

oncotype = 56, TCH 18 wks, herceptin until 2/2011 Dx 8/27/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Mar 15, 2011 07:46PM Mirele321 wrote:

I have the same problem, itchy nipple, and it's driving me crazy.  Have had invasive ductal carcinoma in left breast and 2 lymph nodes removed (not affected).  Just had radiation for 7 weeks.  I actually have a piece of the needle stuck inside my breast and surgeon said he could not find it.  The itching drives me nuts.  Dermatologist told me to use hydrocordisone but I'm sick of it already.  I don't know why it itches so but all doctors tell me to get used to it because it may be like this for the rest of my life.

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Mar 15, 2011 07:48PM Mirele321 wrote:

Continued here -

Forgot to mention that I have the breast surgery in July 2007.