Two to three weeks after treatment starts your skin may become red, itchy or irritated. This reaction can last the remainder of your treatment, and usually returns to normal four to six weeks after treatment finishes.
Towards the end of treatment, the skin reaction can become more intense and may continue to increase for up to two weeks after treatment finishes. You may experience some minor skin loss in the armpit, under the breast, in the nipple or neck area. This can be managed with a simple dressing until the area heals.
Your nurses will show you how to care for your skin during treatment and manage any skin reactions. Tell your nurse if you’re worried about a skin reaction or if you experience any skin changes.
You may feel tired or lack energy for daily activities during your treatment. You may feel increasingly tired as you reach the end of your treatment. This is a common reaction to radiation therapy and each person is usually affected to varying degrees. Fatigue usually eases a few weeks after treatment finishes. Finding a balance between rest and activity will help you manage daily life.