I’m finishing radio therapy tomorrow. All went well.
Have one bruised feeling patch. How do you know what’s normal? It feels like there may be something there - like an uneven bit underneath, not really a lump though, it’s may just be normal tissue. Im just not familiar with how things feel anymore. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time as when I asked radiology she said it’s normal for things to feel bruised or a bit swollen and odd  I’m slightly worried though  


  • Hi ,


    My name is Amy and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line. Welcome to our online community and thanks for posting your question.


    It’s great to hear that’s you approaching your final treatment, and all went well. It’s only natural to worry about finishing treatment and the changes to your body.


    Radiotherapy continues to work for around 2 weeks after your final session, so you may notice some side effects continue to get worse before they start getting better.


    We know radiotherapy can cause the breast to look and feel different, cause skin changes, pain or sensitivity and even change the breast shape. These symptoms usually start to settle down in the coming weeks and months after treatment has finished. Sometimes these symptoms can be longer lasting.


    You usually have a follow-up appointment around 6-8 weeks after finishing treatment to check how things are going. For many people, the side effects will have started to improve by this time.


    In the meantime, it’s important to continue with your arm exercises and take simple over the counter painkillers if needed. If you are finding the pain too uncomfortable, you can speak to your breast care nurse, radiotherapy treatment line number or contact your GP.


    Many people worry about knowing what symptoms are normal and nothing to worry about and what symptoms should be reported. This is all part of adjusting to life after cancer treatment. It can take time to feel comfortable with what is your new normal. And sometimes getting help with your emotions can help too.


    We often find we can help more by exploring these questions over the phone. If this is something you think would help, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our support line on 0808 808 0000. We are available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.


    I hope this helps.


    Best wishes, 

    Amy C, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 


    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email

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