Radiotherapy: timing of after effects

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I’ve just finished a five day course of radiotherapy. No ill effects so far but I’ve been warned it may be a couple of weeks before I feel the full effects (if any) in terms of pain/inflammation. 
I have a foreign holiday booked in two weeks and wonder how manageable the pain is likely to be. 

I’m not so bothered about the potential for exhaustion as I can take it easy once we get to our destination but I’m worried about the possible level of paiN

Any thoughts please 

  • Hi

    I had a 10 day course of radiotherapy and didn't get any pain or suffer from exhaustion. I did continue light exercise eg walking throughout my treatment so don't know if that helped.

    Enjoy your holiday 

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  • Hi SEE, I had 15 days of radiotherapy plus boosts on each sessions. I used Aveeno and aloe Vera throughout and continued for some time after. Whilst my boob went a bit red it wasn’t particularly sore or painful. I carried on working throughout and would have treatment and go straight on to work. I did also have some sore bones but this was only if I touched them. If I didn’t touch I would never have known. I did experience much tiredness or exhaustion like some people seem to say they get. I drank plenty of water too. Everyone seems to experience side effects differently but for me radiotherapy was never really any problem. Enjoy your holiday and keep covered in the sun.

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  • Thanks. So far I’ve had nothing more than a bit of “pinkness” after radiotherapy. After surgery (I had two ops) I healed really really quickly with very little pain other than whilst the drain was in place so I can’t help but think I’ve been very lucky. I’m just worried I won’t carry on being so lucky. So fingers crossed. 

  • I will be starting radiotherapy 15 sessions over 3 weeks ,

    please has anyone had this after mastectomy and reconstruction and has it affected the implant or breast shape ?

    many thanks in advance Pray

  • Hi, I had 15 sessions, following mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with an implant 

    I had some contraction but haven't had the implant replaced 

    Best wishes x 

  • My after effects from the 5 day protocol only came out about 7 weeks after treatment, in the form of a burn along any area with skin overlap (eg the underside) and also in the scar tissue. It was like bad sunburn with a couple of peeling cycles. Not painful though. 

  • Thanks for this info. Have 5 days ahead of me and a tad apprehensive. Second Lumpectomy was in April, 3 years after my first. Keep thinking 5 days is nothing to what others have to cope with so grateful for that. Have been seeing contradicting info of when to use bio-oil, etc. Seeing positive thoughts for Aveeno cream so will order some first. Good to be aware you had the burn marks 7 weeks after treatment!

  • I had 5 days back in Nov unfortunately still suffering the side effects, my oncologist has said people react differently to radiotherapy, so hopefully your experiences will be better x