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Topic: Warm/hot breast

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2020 04:39PM

Illy wrote:

I completed 16 whole breast radiation treatments on April 6. Is it normal for my breast to still be “hot”? Everything looks good and I do not feel sick or have a fever. Is this normal to be experiencing this 11 weeks after completion

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Jun 23, 2020 04:55PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Illy, and welcome to Breastcancer.org!

We're so sorry to hear you're dealing with this uncomfortable issue. Others will surely be by soon to weigh in with their thoughts and experiences. Have you tried calling your doctor to see if this is something you should be concerned with?

We hope you get answers and relief soon!

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Jun 23, 2020 07:32PM MinusTwo wrote:

Illy - I agree with what the Mods have said. If it's lasted a week or more, by all means call your doc.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 26, 2020 08:50PM Illy wrote:

Thanks for the warm welcome and responses! I saw my RO today and learned that the warmth and redness is inflammation which can last for 6 months for some people. Physical therapy can apparently help with this. So that is my next step!

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Sep 1, 2020 05:25PM - edited Sep 1, 2020 05:26PM by DebbyLynn4

I, too, am dealing with this issue. My radiated breast is still more warm to the touch than my other breast. Also, it shows indentations from where my tshirt has folded over...etc...My RO noted a small amount of swelling that he said should subside over the next several weeks. Has yours gotten any better? (I finished radiation 3 months ago)

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Sep 1, 2020 07:01PM Illy wrote:

Hi! I am sorry you are having this problem too. I’m now 6 months out from completing radiation and my breast is still much warmer than other side. The swelling is better though. I am doing physical therapy that has helped with the Axillary Web Syndrome and has resulted in less breast swelling. I didn’t think you could get AWS if you haven’t had lymph nodes removed but apparently you can still get it from radiation. I didn’t know that I even had AWS until I went to PT. So, bottom line is that all the stretching I do for PT helped a lot


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Sep 1, 2020 08:08PM DebbyLynn4 wrote:

Thank you for the reply. I have started to do stretching and today had my first massage in over a year. Never realized how many knots I had in my neck and shoulder. Felt so good! Looking forward to improvement

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Oct 9, 2020 11:18AM LB13 wrote:

Illy and DebbyLynn4 - I also have a warm, pinkish red breast. I finished radiation on June 9th - a total of 30 treatments. (25 + 5 boosts) I have soreness in my armpit area too and some slight swelling. I have been doing PT from the lymphadema team since prior to surgery. Some self massage techniques - but am still uncomfortable and sore - especially if I sleep on that side. I had pretty significant radiation burns that have completely healed - other than some residual itching. I see my MO in early November and back to PT in late November. My mind races in the middle of the night worrying that cancer has returned - but then I try to be rational and not worry so much.

Dx 1/28/2020, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/25/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/28/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 6/11/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 11, 2020 09:53AM Illy wrote:

Hi LB13!

I’m sorry you’re having issues from the radiation. Sounds like what you’re experiencing is pretty normal especially after 36 plus boosts. I’m 6 months out and my breast remains hot and have chronic dermatitis. Your worry reminds me of how I felt a couple months out. I was convinced that I had inflammatory breast cancer and had to talk myself off of that mindset! I’m still pretty uncomfortable wearing a bra for any length of time and sleeping on that side, I have to position myself perfectly to be comfortable. I really felt that I got off easy when I was diagnosed - early stage, no mastectomy, no chemo. I’ve now had to accept that radiation treatment can have some long lasting side effects and itis not a cake walk. I sure hope your side effects lessen with time. Take care.

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Oct 11, 2020 02:23PM Beveridgesmith wrote:

I finished my radiation 4 weeks ago, 25 times and 6 boosts. My breast started breaking down after my 15th session, axillary and beneath my breast. Finally they healed but a week after completion I had a pop at my incision site that opened up. I went back for my 2 week follow up and was told this is normal and can continue for weeks to come. They gave me silver nitrate to apply to the open wounds which helped ease the discomfort. My breast is warm and my areola has turned white. So I am just doing as I was told, slather on the moisturizer.


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Oct 12, 2020 11:17AM LB13 wrote:

@Illy - thank you. Yes - like you, I felt as though I received a 'lesser sentence' with only lumpectomy, radiation and tamoxifen. But - it is not a cake walk as you said..... every day I try to be SO thankful that I caught this early or would have had to deal with SO much more. I agree so much with whomever said there is life BEFORE a breast cancer diagnosis, and a whole different life AFTER a breast cancer diagnosis. Changed me on so many levels. I will keep doing my PT exercises and drinking tons of water and slathering on the lotions. Best to you as well! :)

Dx 1/28/2020, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/25/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/28/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 6/11/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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