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Topic: radiation burns and bruises

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

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

Posted on: Jul 25, 2020 05:06PM

Dal225 wrote:

I am at the end of my radiation treatment. week 6, 3 more to go. just last week i finally started to see the flare ups and burns. I am now in excruciating pain. my skin is raw, i'm peeling. But today i noticed where the pain (not burn) is, there is also bruising. is this normal? Why am i bruising?

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Jul 25, 2020 05:32PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Call your RO, stat. S/he can prescribe something for the burns and pain. Have someone go to drug store, get some pure aloe gel for it for now. Or cut a leaf or 2 if you have a plant. Wrap a frozen ice container, apply a minute or so, then off. I don’t know about bruises, I didn’t get that either time with rads

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Jul 26, 2020 09:10PM Moderators wrote:

We absolutely agree that your radiation oncologist should be informed, to better help you. How terrible to have to live with this. You may find reading this (Radiation Therapy) helpful, and make sure to look at "managing side effects".

Please keep us posted on what helps/doesn't help!

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Jul 31, 2020 10:42PM LW0919 wrote:


I too did 33 weeks of radiation and by the mid to last week myarm pits were torched, especially on the right side where the positive node was found. There was bruising and discoloration for quite a while. The skin was so super tight. I would use ice packs to loosen it up just so that I could lift my arm over my head.

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Jul 31, 2020 10:44PM LW0919 wrote:


My arm pits were torched, especially on the right side where the positive node was found. There was bruising and discoloration for quite a while. The skin was so super tight. I would use ice packs to loosen it up just so that I could lift my arm over my head.
Oncotype 20 ~ Age 41 at diagnosis Dx 12/27/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 1/23/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/21/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/14/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/16/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 5/21/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal

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