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Registered: ‎10-08-2018

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

I was a bit cheeky and wrote to the lovely lady in charge of my radiology, and told her about my concerns, and she was kind enough to have admin phone me, as well as replying to my email herself, and I have been given an appointment to see her next week.  Totally impressed with generous response, and am hoping that it turns out to be 'one of those things' post-radiotherapy.

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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Thank you Thistledown x

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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Hello Paulus,

 

I have the same, especially under the zapped breast, and several areas of dark skin that were not previously there, - one feels actually quite sore (I finished 15 treatments in August.)  On closer examination, it seems to have been a skin tag, I notice that an earlier post on here mentions these? I’m quite fair skinned and these patches are very noticeable and I agree, a bit worrying. I did have several existing moles near the arm pit area, this was also treated - but these do not seem to have been affected, which is weird...

I have an appointment with the Lymphoedema clinic next week, (which in our unit is staffed by radiotherapists) and I will ask about this...

 

Regards 

 

Thistle 

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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Putting my specs on, and looking properly, I have discovered quite an area of small dark moles under the 'zapped' boob, a few around the boob, and a mole that I did have is looking slightly wider?  It never occurred to me to consider the implication of radiation and moles/skin changes, when so much advice is given about tanning salons being bad for the skin?  And of course, to get this checked out if we think it is a problem, it means new appointments via GP's ( sigh ) as it doesn't fall into the Breast Cancer box.  I finished 20 zaps in early August, and thought I had got off fairly lightly in the side effects  -  now I am wondering?  Any ideas or comments anyone else?

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Registered: ‎30-10-2017

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Thanks I will keep my eye on it then. If that's is physically possible!!! Lol!!
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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Hi Ali,

I remember something similar after rads, there can be some skin changes, but this usually settles down. My boob was pretty much back to normal after a few weeks. 

ann x

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Registered: ‎30-10-2017

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

I finished yesterday and just noticed a few moles on the underside of my treated boob which I didn't have before!!! Should I be concerned or is it something that is a normal reaction to rads? Apart from that I'm fine!
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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

I’m through with radiation (3 months ago) and am still a bit tired, have shingles with no blisters above the breast and have lots of tiny dark moles.  Hang in there.no one prepared me for shingles or moles.

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Registered: ‎28-10-2012

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

I had suspect mole checked today as I'm finishing rads today and had noticed it changed through chemo... I had to go to GP for him to refer to dermatology, you can't get referred through onco it seems.... All clear with mole, but I would get someone that knows moles to check, not a nurse saying its normal, it might need biopsies taken and they cannot make that judgement just by looking.
Maggie x
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Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Lyn - I had a few 'invisible' skin tags on my chest and underarms which turned dark like moles after my RT. They faded back to normal in a couple of months. Maybe that's what happened to you - but check with the RT dept. anyway.
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Re: Moles after radiotherapy

I'm 11 days into my 30-day radiotherapy programme and, like you, have had a cluster of moles come up on my breast. The nurse took a look at them today and reassured me that this is perfectly normal. Still going to keep an eye on them though. Right now feeling very, very sore, especially around the nipple.
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Registered: ‎28-03-2013

Re: Moles after radiotherapy

Is it worth you contacting the radiotherapy department where you had your treatment? I finished my last session today and was told any concerns at all about my skin, in the coming weeks, to call them.
Am sure it is all ok but important you get peace of mind! Let us know the outcome.
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Registered: ‎29-12-2012

Moles after radiotherapy

This is probably a really daft question but has anyone else who has had radiotherapy worried about moles, i am absolutely covered in dark moles under my breast and on my chest. I didnt have any before and am a little concerned. I know this is probably normal but just wondered whether anyone else has experienced the same. I am 6 weeks post radiotherapy