Thanks for posting.
Breast cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can make your skin and scalp more sensitive and this can last for several months or longer after treatment has finished. You will be more likely to get sunburnt so wear sunscreen with a high sun protection (SPF) if you’re out in the sun.
Jaybro and mini mad have mentioned helpful tips for going out in the sun after treatment, especially wearing a high factor sunscreen and covering up when in the sun. Our information about Sun care after breast cancer treatment may also be helpful.
People often call our Helpline to talk about their scars following breast cancer surgery. Their scars may feel tight as you mention in your second post. Using any emollient cream or oil to moisturise the scar area can be helpful. The type you use will not have a direct effect on your scar but massaging moisturiser into the scar will keep it from becoming dry and will help to make it supple.
Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support.
Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.
The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).
Currently our opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and we are closed on Saturdays.
Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.
Breast Cancer Now Nurse
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