In most cases, radiation therapy the patient noted that the breast becomes swollen and tight. Swelling of the breast combined with irritation of the skin leads to the fact that this area becomes painful. One of the most sensitive parts of the breast - the nipple - is at the time of irradiation is very angry.
As the end of irradiation, and wears the mammary gland swelling becomes more formalized, supple and looks "youthful". Such changes are usually associated with the formation of thicker breast scar tissue and fluid retention.
Also, you can pay attention to the fact that the mammary gland as it was less than it was. The reason for this is mostly the fact that after the biopsy, lumpectomy, and other surgical procedures removed a certain amount of breast tissue. In addition, the "rounding" of the breast forms are also visually reduces the mammary gland.
In the interval between surgery and radiotherapy Your breast may be a little numb and painful - an unpleasant combination, which will take place gradually.
Also, pay attention to the fact that the irradiated mammary gland during lactation will not give as much milk as before.
Discomfort in the underarm area
After surgical removal of axillary lymph nodes in many women in this area is marked discomfort that is exacerbated after exposure to radiation. Surgery may cause discomfort in this area for the following reasons:
Numbness of the skin is damaged skin nerves.
The feeling of pain, as this area has been cut.
Swelling of the skin in response to operational trauma. In addition, removing lymph nodes can disrupt the flow of lymph from the arm, resulting in edema.
Radiation exposure can enhance these feelings of discomfort for three - four weeks of the course of irradiation. In addition, the constant friction of the hand area of the armpit may increase irritation of the skin in this area in the future. Sweat also increases irritation.
In this case, we can recommend the following:
Use a powder instead of deodorants.
Avoid the use of deodorants, antiperspirants, and perfumed soap.
Do not shave the hair in the armpit area during radiation therapy.