Breast Treatment Side Effects

Early Reactions

  • Skin changes: redness, irritation, scaliness, blistering, ulceration, thickening, and hair loss in treatment area.
  • Breast changes including swelling, tightness or tenderness.
  • Inflammation of the esophagus causing pain on swallowing, heartburn or sense of obstruction.
  • Lung inflammation with dry cough.
  • Inflammation of heart sac with chest pain and palpitations.

Late Reactions

  • Changes in skin texture and/or color, permanent hair loss in treatment area.
  • Breast changes including thickening, firmness, tenderness, shrinkage.
  • Swelling of arm.
  • Stiffness and discomfort in shoulder joint.
  • Rib or lung changes causing pain, fracture, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Nerve entrapment or changes causing pain, loss of strength or feeling in arm.
  • Damage to heart muscle or arteries or heart sac leading to heart failure.