What are the side effects of 6 weeks of radiation?

What are the side effects of 6 weeks of radiation?

Your skin in the radiation treatment area might look red, irritated, swollen, blistered, sunburned, or tanned. After a few weeks, your skin might become dry, flaky, or itchy, or it may peel. This is sometimes called radiation dermatitis. It’s important to let your cancer care team know about any skin changes.

What are the side effects of radiation to the breast?

Side effects of radiotherapy

  • Skin reactions.
  • Swelling of the breast.
  • Pain in the breast or chest area.
  • Hair loss in the armpit.
  • Sore throat.
  • Tiredness and fatigue.
  • Lymphoedema.
  • Change in breast shape, size and colour.

When do radiation side effects peak?

The side effects of radiotherapy usually peak up to two weeks after treatment has finished. The effects of radiotherapy continue developing, and it may take a further couple of weeks to several months for you to feel normal, depending on the area of the body that has been treated.

Does radiation on left breast affect the heart?

Potential damage to the heart is influenced by the area of the chest where the tumour is located i.e. radiation targeted to the left breast increases the risk of damage to the heart.

What is the most common acute side effect of radiation treatment?

Fatigue is the most common acute side effect of radiation therapy. It is believed to be caused by the large amount of energy that is used by the body to heal itself in response to radiation therapy. Most people begin to feel fatigued about 2 weeks after radiation treatments begin.

How long after radiation do you start to feel better?

Most side effects go away within 1–2 months after you have finished radiation therapy.

How long will my breast hurt after radiation?

The soreness usually goes away within 2 to 4 weeks of ending the treatment. Towards the end of the radiotherapy, the skin might break down. especially under the breast. Your nurse will use special dressings to cover and protect the area.

How long does it take for your breast to heal after radiation?

Most skin changes get better within a few months. Changes to the breast tissue usually go away in 6 to 12 months, but it can take longer.

Does radiation to breast affect lungs?

Very rarely, radiotherapy to the breast area can affect the lungs. This can cause breathlessness.

What should you not do during radiation?

Avoid raw vegetables and fruits, and other hard, dry foods such as chips or pretzels. It’s also best to avoid salty, spicy or acidic foods if you are experiencing these symptoms. Your care team can recommend nutrient-based oral care solutions if you are experiencing mucositis or mouth sores caused by cancer treatment.