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Part of treatment area covered with tissue paper.


Re: Part of treatment area covered with tissue paper.

Hi Majestic Tiger  

Thanks for posting. 

Exposing the area being treated with radiotherapy helps the radiographers to position you correctly. 

Although most people will then receive their radiotherapy to the breast with the breast and chest area remaining uncovered, some units do make every effort to preserve dignity by covering the area once you’re in position.  

This does not alter the effectiveness of the radiotherapy as radiation can easily penetrate many materials and surfaces. In fact, recent research has looked into developing a bra to be worn during the delivery of breast radiotherapy in order to make the experience more comfortable and dignified.  

It sounds like it would be a good idea to ask your treatment team or the radiographers treating you about this so you can get further reassurance. 

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Part of treatment area covered with tissue paper.

I’m currently halfway through my Radiotherapy sessions and I am having 4-field radiation (left breast up to clavicle and left underarm lymph nodes).
During each session the nurses place tissue paper over part of my treatment area - can you advise if the tissue paper would alter the effectiveness of the radiation treatment?