Forgive me if I've missed some previous thread on this, as I am new to the forum, but I am having a heck of a time trying to find information on this. I've found quite a few people talking about using it effectively after radiation, or around surgery, to alleviate skin/tissue related issues, and some research regarding it's safety as it relates to stimulating cancer growth/recurrence, but nothing yet about using it sort of prophylactically during radiation.
I've finished my chemotherapy already (miraculously a PCR on an 8cm+ TNBC tumor, thanks to an amazing oncologist), and had a bilateral mastectomy with subpectoral tissue expanders about a week ago. I seem to be healing well, but I am leaning pretty strongly towards having a prepectoral reconstruction, and as such I am concerned with maintaining the quality of my skin flaps.
As I understand it, the primary cause of skin/tissue damage during radiation is due to bloodflow issues, and HOT could potentially help preempt these sorts of issues if used at the same time as radiation. My thinking is that it's easier to prevent these issues than it is to attempt to fix them after the fact, and I can't imagine that I'm the only one who has gone down this rabbit hole.
Haven't got a chance to talk to my radiologist, although I will be picking his/her brain on the matter when I do.
Please feel free to correct me if you find any incorrect assumptions, but I would love to hear from folks who have tried this, or if anyone has any links to research on the topic that would also be appreciated. Hell, I'd even be interested to hear educated guesses on why this is a good/bad idea if that's all that's out there.
Thanks in advance for any help.
12/12/2019, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
8/4/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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