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Re: swimming after radiotherapy?

Re Swimwear - M & S now do some post surgery ones, around £30 when the vat comes off so a bit cheaper than some of the others and good too!
I've bought three so far and very pleased - though I did have to get them online.

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Re: swimming after radiotherapy?

I asked about swimming before my first session and was told it was not a problem unless my skin started getting sore, which didn't happen until about session 15. Up until then I was doing aqua aerobics 3 times a week. I finish next week (25 + 8 booster), so am going to ask at clinic tomorrow how long to leave it after.

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As someone who'd been a regular swimmer before treatment started I automatically asked about swimming, mainly because I desperately need to start increasing my general mobility and fitness levels. If I hadn't asked I'm not sure anyone would have mentioned it. So I wouldn't panic LadyM as they'll probably think it's fine as long as you don't get sore.

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Hi

Just another idea about swimmwear. Try Woman Zone http://www.woman-zone.co.uk for a variety of swimmwear , they also do differing body lengths for the costume which helped relieve the tension on the tight tissue in my axilla.

Hope all goes well

Crispy

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OM goodness, i never even realised that i could not go swimming. I started Rads on Friday, I have my 3rd of 18 tomorrow. They never mentioned anything about not swimming and I was going to go to the gym this weekend for a swim. I'll ask them tomorrow and see what they say.

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Thanks Scrapper!

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Hi Nymeria

Couple of links below which I hope are of help, prices vary enormously but some basic swimsuits, quite pretty at good prices.

All the best

Scrapper

http://www.nicolajane.com

http://www.pinkribbonlingerie.co.uk

http://www.bettyandbelle.co.uk

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I was also told that it was fine after 4 weeks but to put a layer of aqueous cream first as a barrier and to shower thoroughly.

On the subject of swimming generally, a couple of questions:

Any recs for good mastectomy swimwear that doesn't cost the earth?

What do those of you who are still mainly without hair wear on your head or don't you bother?

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HI , I too was told 4 weeks after and then only if no sore skin - and lots of moisturiser!
I so love being back in the pool tho - a great treat for the end of what sometimes feels like endless treatment, N

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i was told to wait till 4 weeks after rads finished, and then only ok if skin was healed.
x

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I've done 28/30 Rads and was told I could swim throughout if I wished too! Worth checking with your team as the guidance varies so widely.

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Hi

This depends on how you are after your RT.

I had 15 sessions in March & follow up appt with my Oncolologist 4 weeks later she gave me the go ahead to start swimmimng again. With the proviso I showered well after & moisturised.

I had no issues even though my nipple was still peeling. She said swimming would help soak off the dead skin!

I was lucky & had only a few skin issues which with the exception of a peeling nipple settled very quickly.

Good luck with your treatment; I found the advice given during my treatment was great especially if you get a little sore.

I started with aqueous before I started to help get my skin in as good a condition as I could before it all started.

Take care
Lynne

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Re: swimming after radiotherapy?

I was told to wait 6 weeks.

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swimming after radiotherapy?

Hi everyone, im starting rads in 3 weeks. How long after rads have finished can you go swimming? Im having 20 sessions, just want it over and done with now like us all Im sure! ness xx