Erythema of the skin after breast radiotherapy: It is not always recurrence

Paulina M Gutkin, Sebastian Fernandez-Pol, Kathleen C Horst
2020 International Wound Journal  
Recurrence of breast cancer is a predominant fear for patients who were treated for breast cancer. Acute and late dermatologic effects of radiotherapy are not uncommon and could have similar characteristics to breast cancer recurrence. Thus, it is important to highlight key differences between the clinical and histologic presentations of radiation effects and recurrence. Herein, we present two patients who presented with late dermatologic effects of radiotherapy months to years after treatment,
more » ... neither of whom had workup consistent with cancer recurrence. We provide clinical and microscopic descriptions of each case and provide a review to differentiate various dermatologic conditions. This report aims to outline potential late dermatologic effects of radiation treatment and emphasise that changes in the breast do not always signal breast cancer recurrence.
doi:10.1111/iwj.13350 pmid:32227450 fatcat:g3d73zc2rncvjbldbdkqxnk7um