Protecting radiated area post-rad
I'm looking for tips on protecting radiated area years after receiving treatments.
2.5 yrs. ago, I finished 33 radiation treatments to my left breast (preceded by chemo and lumpectomy). Although, I didn't sustain any really bad burns during the treatments, the area has remained sensitive.
2 yrs. post-rad, the area seemed to be more sensitive.
I stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen, but it still feels uncomfortable like a mild sunburn-a warm, itchy feeling even in the winter.
Last night it was itching and burning badly along with a pins-n-needles feeling, and the area was covered with flat bumps which extended outside of the radiated area.
I went to my Radiation Oncologist this morning. He thinks it's an allergic reaction to something I've used and told me to use hydrocortisone cream for a week. I told him that I've been using sunscreen. He said the sunscreen could be causing it. I told him I'd been using one with 'parsol' and another with 'titanium dioxide'. He said he's not familiar with suncreens but to make sure they're hypoallergenic (which they both are).
Do any of you have any of these problems years post-rad?
Did your oncologist or anyone share with you any special care tips to be followed indefinitely?
I'm in chronic breast pain from my lumpectomy, so I'm pretty inactive. I just wonder what active people do to protect the radiated area. Just taking short walks I feel the sun 'burning' that area even with sunscreen on. I can't imagine participating in sports, especially water sports where you're exposed to the sun for hours at a time like some of you are able to do.
Before bc, I was a sun worshipper. I stopped immediately upon diagnosis. Last year I found a skin cancer (basal cell). As much as I've always loved the sun, I now fear it.
Any tips? Thanx!
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