Are Turkish baths, Steam Rooms and Sauna safe?

Hi, I would really appreciate your advice. I finished my treatment (lumpectomy, chemo and radio) 4 weeks ago and I don’t have BCN at the moment. Can I resume going to Turkish baths, Steam Rooms and/or Saunas? My breast is “tanned”/darker and sensitive but it doesn’t feel sore and the skin didn’t break down

Thanks in advance,


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I’m over a year down the line but haven’t been sure about doing some things that I used to do - I’ve only been to a sauna a handful of times but I’m actually booked for a beach sauna in UK in December .
Obviously I’m at a different stage to Maria and I don’t want to hijack her question :joy: but would you be able to let me know if there’s anything I need to be aware of / wary of even though I’m fully healed and have full movement / no swelling / not on any treatment ?

Thank you

I was told not to use sauna or steam room due to risk of lymphoedema- I did have lymph clearance on affected side, as this was before sentinel node dye was available where I live.


Hi @Kindensurprise

Hmm… I booked it and only afterwards thought that maybe it might not be a good idea.
I forgot to put in my post that I had lumpectomy one SNB and radiotherapy - maybe my risk would be less than yours .It will be interesting to hear if the Nurses have any more info .

Thank you for your reply

Hi Guida,

Thanks for your post on whether it’s safe to use Turkish baths, steam rooms and saunas after breast cancer treatment.

After any wounds have been healed and your immune system has recovered from chemotherapy, the main risk that is often talked about, as @Kindensurprise mentions, is of lymphoedema. However, the evidence behind this is limited and your level of risk would depend on factors like what lymph node surgery you have had, or if you currently have signs of lymphoedema already. You may find the Lymphoedema Support Network website has some helpful information. @JoanneN, you may find this helpful as well.

You may be interested in our information about massage therapy. The Safe Hands website also lists spa destinations where the therapists are trained to treat people who have had cancer treatments.

Although you mention that you don’t have a breast care nurse at the moment, you can talk to your treatment team about any therapy you are thinking about having. They can advise based on your individual situation.

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