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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I have recently finished treatment for breast cancer, i had chemo, followed by surgery, then radiotherapy which finished just before xmas. I have been feeling a little unwell over the past week and have a blocked nose and sore tongue, i have just noticed a small black spot on my tongue and an ulcer/sore patch - is it anything to worry about. i am paranoid about everything now and am really scared that the cancer has come back elsewhere
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Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   usually after such chemotherapy and radiotherpy, there is reduced immunity, and severe stress in the body
Doctor :   this can result in increase in common infections like colds and coughs
Doctor :   also associated malnutrition due to increased metabolic needs can cause symptoms like ulcers, sore patches on the tongue
Doctor :   the symptoms described here do not signify any form of cancer
Doctor :   recurrence
Doctor :   using OTC medications like Anbesol, can reduce the stress ulcer and sore patches
Doctor :   in severe cases, topicort , a topical medication can be used as well
Doctor :   for the nose blocks, use zyrtec (antihistamine) and otrivine drops to reduce the symptoms
Doctor :   all such measures mentioned will resolve all your symptoms
User :   okay, thank you for that, my skin seems to have erupted with boils on my face too, is this likely to be the reduced immune system and how long does it take for the immune system to fully recover?
Doctor :   yes, the boils also occur as a result of increased stress hormones
Doctor :   in most cases, all patients recover from the effects of surgery and chemo, and radiotherapy within 3-4 months, maximum is 6 months
Doctor :   supportive care during this period helps most patients to recover well
Doctor :   care is needed with regard to proper nutrition
User :   Thank you so much ...hopefully i can relax a little bit now, it has been a very stressful time and i will try to eat properly too!
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me here
Doctor :   hope you have a speedy recovery
Doctor :   take care and have a great day
User :   Many thanks
Doctor :   bye for now
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