Skin changes during treatment
Superficial radiotherapy works by killing cancer cells and as a result, the skin will need time to recover.
This cycle of skin change is expected and completely predictable. Over the course of weeks, the skin will first become dry and then red. As the cancer cell dies, the skin may form a protective scab. Once the scab has healed, the skin is expected to recover with minimal to no scarring.
The way the skin responds to treatment depends on a number of factors such as:
- The location e.g. is the skin on the ear or the arm?
- The size and area of the skin being treated
- Previous injury and sun exposure in the treatment area
- The quality of blood supply to the skin
- Illness such as diabetes
- Medication such as steroids
- Treatment factors such as the radiation dose and the number of treatments.
Everyone’s skin is different and responds to therapy in it’s own way. Your doctor will discuss any expected changes to your skin and provide treatment as and when required.
Before & after treatment images