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Dry skin after breast cancer radiation treatment is fairly common. In addition to dry, flaky, itchy skin, you may experience sunburn-like skin changes to the treated area.
If you're struggling with persistent itching and burning symptoms following the radiation treatment, consult your radiation oncologist. He or she can help determine whether any underlying conditions are contributing to your symptoms or decide if you should make an appointment with a skin specialist (dermatologist).
In the meantime, these suggestions may help:
Make an appointment with your cancer doctor if you notice any new or persistent areas of skin redness. If the itching and burning don't improve or you have blistering or scarring from breast cancer radiation, your doctor may recommend various prescription medications to ease your symptoms.
Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
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