Long-term effect on skin after radiation?

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Question from HR: What is the long-term effect on tissue that has been exposed to radiation treatments?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Radiation has both short-term and long-term effects on tissue, so that initially we see redness and swelling with radiation. Then after many months, fibrosis or scarring begins to occur. Radiation also scars small lymphatics and blood vessels so that healing can be delayed and an increase risk of infection can exist in areas that have been radiated.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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