Your skin may change color during breast cancer treatment, sometimes taking on a red color, turning darker, or looking black, blue, green, or yellow (as if you have a bruise).
Breast cancer treatments that may cause skin discoloration:
- Ixempra (chemical name: ixabepilone), a chemotherapy medicine
- radiation therapy
Some pain medications also may affect the color of your skin.
Learn more about managing radiation-related skin side effects in the Radiation Therapy section.
Managing skin discoloration
In most cases, skin discoloration fades after you finish treatment. If you're concerned about a change in the color of your skin, talk to your doctor.