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What Changes Did You Notice In Your Radiated Breast Over Time? Has It Shrunk, Gotten Harder, Or Maybe Gotten Smaller?

What Changes Did You Notice In Your Radiated Breast Over Time? Has It Shrunk, Gotten Harder, Or Maybe Gotten Smaller?

posted January 21
A MyBCTeam Member

Susan, my right breast looks the same as it did since my 2 lumpectomy surgeries, kinda squashed. I did have radiation treatments and my skin peeled and got red, they gave me silvadene. It got better. Dr said it would get better. Its been 2 years and it looks the same. I decided I don't want reconstruction surgery. I had enough. I have just accepted how I look. It could have been worse. My survivor scar. My new normal.

posted January 21
A MyBCTeam Member

I would like to know this too. I finished my radiation treatments 21 that included 5 boost three days ago. My breast was extremely pink and warm and still is. I believe I have a biozorb implanted when they did my lumpectomy Oct. 17 and feel that this is why I have a lump and since the coil part is supposed to be absorbed into the body over time I would think the breast would decrease in size. I am to start my hormone therapy Monday and wondered if you also are taking Tamoxifen like me. As far as reconstructive surgery, I will not as I am so blessed to have mine and sat with many ladies not as lucky who had masectomys that what I have I will live with and feel good about it. PS, I also had red spots like a rash and still do but figured these might go away with time. Curious about side effects of the Tamoifen if you or anyone can let me know. Bless you and your journey and thank in advance for sharing!

posted January 21
A MyBCTeam Member

So for me, most things did go as expected throughout treatment. I had a breast reduction on the non cancer side, reconstruction on the cancer side. I was told that radiation would shrink the breast, so it was intentionally made larger. Well, mine did not. Also, radiation was supposed to darken the skin, mine is lighter.
That said, if radiation keeps me from recurrence, I don’t care what the side effects are!
Good luck!

posted January 21
A MyBCTeam Member

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last May 2022 and finished my radiation at the end of July…. My breast is still tender and seem to be getting smaller with time. I also have some large freckles that I didn’t have before but I’m assuming it’s from the radiation…. I am contemplating reconstructive surgery

posted January 21
A MyBCTeam Member

I know it takes some time but you may want to call your doctor, oncologist, maybe speak with the nurse about your concerns.

posted 6 days ago

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