The purpose of this pictorial essay is to illustrate the multimodality imaging findings of a wide spectrum of radiation-induced complications of breast cancer in the sequence of occurrence. We have classified radiation-induced complications into three groups based on the time sequence of occurrence. Knowledge of these findings will allow for the early detection of complications as well as the ability to differentiate tumor recurrence.
Radiation therapy to the breast can cause some side effects. Some begin during treatment. Others may occur months or even years later.
This information will help you prepare for radiation therapy to your breast or chest wall, including what to expect before, during, and after your treatment. You will also learn about side effects and how to care for yourself during your treatment. Read through this resource before you start radiation therapy.
Shocking photos showing the devastating effects of breast cancer have gone viral. The images were posted on Tumblr by Jenn Alter to raise awareness of breast cancer radiation treatment and the horrific effects it can have on the body. She is also taking a stance against multiple breast cancer campaigns which have sexualised the disease over the past month.
Physician attitudes and patient expectations are driving overtreatment in older breast cancer patients. A new U-M study examines why the practice persists. Recent clinical trials have shown that 90 percent of early stage breast cancer patients over age 70 do not benefit from radiation after breast-conserving surgery.
One common and effective treatment for breast cancer is radiation therapy. However, it does have some side effects. A doctor may recommend radiation therapy in combination with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy.
The most common side effects: skin irritation - the skin that is radiated gets red, itchy and may blister like a sun burn breast or chest wall tenderness or mild pain tiredness or fatigue some women feel a little light-headed are swelling or edema usually slight, see section below about avoiding lymphedema the best treatment for the skin is to use moisturizing creams like Sween, Biofine, or Aloe. For itching the cortisone creams often work well, for burns switch to Silvadene unless there is an allergy to Sulfa. The side effects generally fade away starting about 5 to 10 days after the treatments have finished.
External beam radiation uses high-powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. Beams of radiation are precisely aimed at the cancer using a machine that moves around your body. Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-energy X-rays, protons or other particles to kill cancer cells.
She's also a breast cancer survivor. The year-old revealed her upset at seeing pictures of blogger Jenn Alter's red raw breast being plastered over the internet after radiation therapy on her breast cancer. Jenn shared the pictures on her Tumblr blog after undergoing 35 days of radiation treatment to try and rid her of breast cancer. Does it make you uncomfortable?