Depending on the stage of breast cancer you have, your doctor may recommend one or a variety of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. If you and your oncologist land on radiation as the best option, it’s nice to be able to distinguish between fact and myth. And, with so many myths circulating the Internet, you may know what you can expect from radiation. This article will debunk three common myths associated with radiation treatment for breast cancer. Read on to learn more.
Myth 1: My Hair Will Fall Out
When people think of undergoing cancer treatment, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a loss of hair. But, if you are getting radiation on a concentrated area of your body like your breasts, you won’t have to worry about the hair on your head falling out. Even though some of the hair on your breasts or around the nipple may fall out, it will grow back.
Myth 2: It Will Make Me Sick
Radiation therapy is usually used at the beginning stages of breast cancer to treat lymph nodes. And, because the area being targeted is so concentrated, you won’t have to worry about dealing with any vomiting or nausea. If your cancer has spread to other parts of your body, however, you may experience some vomiting and nausea if areas near your stomach are being treated.
Myth 3: It’s Painful
Although radiation therapy isn’t exactly a walk in the park, most of our breast cancer patients don’t feel a thing. During your radiation treatment, our staff will do everything to ensure that you stay as calm and comfortable as possible.
Breast cancer is no walk in the park, but radiation therapy can be. By understanding the myths listed above, you can decide whether or not radiation is the right path for you. To learn more about radiation therapy or to schedule an appointment, contact UTMB Radiology today!