Had BR midAugust 2012, pathology found DCIS grade3 in right breast. additonal testing shows no other disease. May need radiation to reduce recurrence, would start Jan 2013. Generally healing well at this point, some tightness under breasts where scars are, no other complications from BR. non smoker. Question is: what effect of radiation would be on the scars from BR? Concerned that scars would become redder/tougher /irriated due to radiation. would appreciate comments- thanks
Effect of Radiation for Breast Cancer on Breast Reduction Scars?
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Radiation and Breast Changes after Breast Reduction
External beam radiation will have an impact upon the breast tissue. This varies patient to patient. The scars may be affected and the quality of the skin will usually be compromised as well. Sometimes, the shape of the breast is changed as well and can appear constricted.
Radiation and scar issues
Yes, the radiation treatment may cause your breast scars to become firmer and angrier looking. Hard to say for sure.