This has been a very interesting thrread thanks ladies. I start my radio on the 9th 1st of 23. Ive been advised to get simple soap and a rock deodrant such as Pit Rock and ahve simple shampoo and conditioner for when my hair grows back. ive also got aqueous cream and e45 so will start using them daily now and make sure i ahve enough anihistamine to combat any itching. Seems aloe vera gel is a good call and a battery operated fan.
However not sure what a genie bra is? I dont often wear a bra indoows since my surgery as still painfull when moving my arm, its like its been stitched a tad too much and pulls especially when i drive, so not looking forward to driving each day to the hospital although luckily southend is only a 15 mile round trip from my house.
Also another question what is the dye ive heard you talk about, ive had my dots but no mention of anything else, although i was a bit emotional on the day. Thanks in advance
I finished my 15 rads yesterday. So happy but woke up really early this morning with the itching. The radiologist was happy with the state of my breast and I will get an appointment to be seen in 3 months time to check up on it. Was told to continue with aqaueous cream and not to use deodorant until pinkness fades. Can't wait! Went shopping for a new bra last week and the breast looked dreadful in the changing room mirror - still blue section from the lymph gland stuff and pink with red spots and the scar doesn't look great either. Didn't buy a bra as they were all so uncomfortable. Will wait until the swelling goes down. I will follow Atat's advice and take antihistamine pill for the itching - I have bought some anti-drowsy ones as I usually nod off withing 10 minutes of taking other kinds. Good luck eveyone.
Pinky, I'm really surprised you haven't had any advice about exercises to keep the shoulder mobile. Do try some of the stretches in the BCC leaflet, they will really help when it comes to getting into position for the radiotherapy, which can otherwise be quite awkward. And the physio class at your hospital sounds a good idea; yes, my hospital physio lady was fierce, but also very helpful and encouraging! They say radiotherapy can cause stiffness to become worse, so continuing the exercises after treatment has finished can help. I finished my rads 4 weeks ago and have noticed the shoulder is quite grumpy if I haven't done the exercises at least once a day. Best wishes, A.
Thanks for the link, I will give them a go.
I have never been given exercises or advice after surgery about physio. I spoke to the radiotherapy staff and they said there is a physio class held each week at the same hospital so I will try to go if it is close to my radiotherapy appointment.
Thanks again for your advice.
Were you not told to do shoulder exercises after your op? I was visited by a fierce physio the day after! This website has a good leaflet
or do ask your breast care nurse or the radiotherapy staff for advice.
For pain, ibruprofen before the radiotherapy appointment. For stiffness, keep doing the exercises - and continue afterwards. My sessions finished 4 weeks ago and I only do the arm exercises once a day - I'm sure it would feel better if I did them more often! Saw the surgeon last week and she said to continue the arm exercises indefinitely, as otherwise everything will seize up...
Has anyone else had issues with shoulder stiffness and pain during radiotherapy? If you did, do you have any tips for managing?