Home Care after Breast Brachytherapy
Skin care is very important. After your last
treatment, we will review how to change the
dressing. We will give you all the skin care
supplies you need.
ξ Keep the area dry until the puncture
sites are closed and dry. This takes
about 2-5 days. Most often, you will
see new tissue forming inside the
pockmark or a scab covering it. You
may stop the dressing changes when
ξ Report any increased redness,
tenderness, or pain at the sites.
Report any non-clear drainage from
ξ Take your temperature twice a day
for 1 week, then daily for 1 week.
Call your doctor if it is 100.0 θ F or
Skin Care Twice a Day
ξ Twice a day, clean the sites with a
dilute mixture of peroxide and water
(mixture is good for 24 hours). Do
this until the sites are closed and dry.
1. Fill the bottle to the 20 ml
mark with peroxide.
2. Add normal saline to the 100
ml mark (80 ml of normal
3. Place one package of cotton
swabs (two in a package) into
4. Wipe over the puncture sites.
5. Put antibiotic ointment on the
6. Cover with gauze.
7. Wear the surgical bra to hold
the gauze in place.
After the Catheter Sites Have Closed
ξ You may shower with a fragrance-
free, mild soap. Ivory , Dove ,
Aveeno or Cetaphil are good
choices for mild soaps.
ξ Use a moisturizing cream that does
not have any alcohol or perfume.
You may need to keep using a cream
for at least a year. Aveeno ,
Cetaphil , Lubriderm , Eucerin ,
and Curel are good choices. If you
now use a cream that you would like
to keep using, please talk to your
ξ There are no lifting restrictions, but
listen to your body. If it hurts, stop
ξ Avoid using free weights for 1 week.
ξ Avoid chlorinated pools until the
redness goes away.
ξ Avoid direct sunlight to the treated
ξ If you cannot avoid the sun, please
use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
ξ You may start taking aspirin and
herbal medicines that you stopped
during your treatment.
ξ The pockmarks will look red for at
least 4 weeks. They will keep fading
ξ A 1 week appointment has been
made for you, with the nurse, to
check your skin. Also, a 1 month
appointment with an Advanced
Practice Provider has been made for
you to discuss Survivorship and
future follow up care. At 1 year, you
will need a mammogram.
ξ A special container for the peroxide
and normal saline mixture
ξ Gauze 4 x 4 pads
ξ Antibiotic ointment
ξ Hydrogen peroxide
ξ Sterile ABD pads
ξ Sterile normal saline
ξ Cotton swabs
If you have any questions or concerns,
please call us.
Radiation Oncology Clinic (608) 263-8500
If the clinic is closed, your call will be
transferred to the paging operator. Ask for
the Radiation Oncology doctor on call. Give
the operator your name and phone number
with the area code. The doctor will call you
If you live out of the area please call 1-800-
323-8942. Ask for the Radiation Oncology
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
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