What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.
Posted on: Jul 27, 2007 06:21AM
CarrieDee wrote:Figured I would post this as a separate topic so people wouldn't have to dig to find out the information.
Posts 1 - 30 (225 total)
Jul 27, 2007 06:56AM jpann39 wrote:I used the silvedine the dr. prescribed, it was messy but I didnt have any skin issues so guess it was worth it in the long run..
Jul 29, 2007 03:33AM SNJulie wrote:CarrieDee
Jul 29, 2007 01:57PM Fireweed wrote:
My radiologist suggested any unscented hypoallergenic lotion is fine - and told me to avoid yak oil! The Lubraderm I use for my hands worked just fine. My dry, fair skin usually reacts to everything but I had no problems at all.
Jul 29, 2007 03:54PM HollyHopes wrote:
My doc said that 100% aloe vera was the best choice. I bought some and used it a few times...but stopped because I haven't yet developed any pinkness or reaction of any kind. I thought I would start using it again when my skin starts reacting. Afterall...it's not like a topical lotion or cream or gel can prevent skin reaction right?? It can only soothe it. Others have different thoughts on this?
Jul 29, 2007 04:12PM unlimited wrote:I will suggest SWEEN Cream -- I just finished rads on Monday July 23rd...... never had any skin irrations - sure I got a tad red -- but never pain or soreness --
Jul 31, 2007 03:03PM san4850 wrote:My rad. onc's nurse gave me something but I don't know what it's called. I's an aloe vera gel that came in a green & white tube. Real helpful, I know.......
Aug 5, 2007 09:15AM HollyHopes wrote:
Based on Lee's recommendation and good results with Jean's Cream I ordered some. It is great!
Aug 6, 2007 03:47AM NarberthMom wrote:
Like HollyHopes, I'm using Aloe Vera. I use it every night, as well as weekend mornings. I've got four boosts left and my skin at the boost site is only just becoming red.
Aug 6, 2007 01:45PM dkmaustx wrote:I'm using Aloe Vera gel and Aquaphor. So far I don't look too pink or red except at my collar bone. Today was # 15 of 33 treatments (the last 8 will be boosts).
Aug 15, 2007 01:19AM Indigoblue wrote:lilly of the desert pure aloe gel and Aquaphor; kept them in the fridge and soooo soooothing. Neutragena liquid no frangrance soap; cetaphil soap; eucerin.
Aug 28, 2007 02:23PM playwriter wrote:indigo, are you saying the pure aloe gel also felt like a soothing massage? what bar was sweaty?
Aug 28, 2007 03:18PM sharebear wrote:I had the funniest experience during radiation. At age 32 when first diagnosed, I use to tan topless in the tanning bed. After my lumpectomy I had rad. Never had any kind of skin reaction at all. The Dr. would check the area every day in amazement. The joke was he wished he could have all his patients tan topless before their diagnosis. I never used any special soap or cream. Just Dove or Ivory and no deodorant until after rad was done.
Sep 2, 2007 08:22AM mcgaffey wrote:
Biafine is sometimes used before and then throughout. I found it worked wonders. Had some redness at the end and now a few months later, breast looks & feels totally normal, well, except for the scar. I was also given a German cream with B vitamin in it called Bepanthol. It is manufactured by Bayer.I still use that.
Sep 2, 2007 11:31AM Indigoblue wrote:Playwriter,
Sep 16, 2007 03:52PM Annie62 wrote:
My rads onc had me pat lasinoh ointment on after every treatment. (No rubbing). Never burned or anything. Had a slight tan at the end. Lasinoh is an ointment for breastfeeding mothers and can be found at many drugstores.
Sep 16, 2007 11:19PM Myrajuc wrote:
Since Day 1, I used Eucerin. When it started getting red I switched to Aquaphor, it was more healing. On the 6th week, the doctor had to prescribe Silvadene.
I finished 7 weeks of radiation (with a week of boost) in June. My skin has since healed :) Other ladies have said that it will take a year or so before the skin returns to normal color. It's okay, I can wait.
I went swimming in our pool two weeks ago, first time in a year. I feel great!
PM if you have questions or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can answer you faster.
Sep 29, 2007 02:31AM Sparkles wrote:
My Rad Onc's office recommended "Udderly Smooth". It's sold at Trader Joe's and is used on cow's udders! Only $2.50 for the jar and it lasted throughout my whole treatment. It worked like a dream. No severe skin reaction at all. Not icky like Aquaphor - just washes right off. My BC surgeon is amazed at how soft my breast skin is! I'm still using it on my breast to keep the skin soft. My last rad treatment was at the beginning of June almost 4 months ago.
Sep 29, 2007 08:59PM - edited Sep 29, 2007 08:59PM by Cynthia1962
My onc's office gave me a jar of Medline's Skin Repair Cream to help remove the permanent marker from my chest after each tx and I started using it instead of the other creams/lotions/aloe I had because I love it so much. I just finished week 3 and have only a hint of pinkness late in the evening which turns into a tan by morning.
Oct 2, 2007 05:36PM miss-di wrote:
Being smaller breasted, I burned raw. The radialogist said the smaller you are, the more problems you might have. I started out with the Radiogel etc. but got to the point nothing worked. I was Perscribed the Silvadene cream and after applying liberally, started to burn and itch worse, then read the information and found out it contains sulfa, which I am allergic to. Had to scrubit off, ow.
Finally, the nurse made me a bra out of the stretchy material they use to keep in your IV. Inside that we put "Vigilon" a hydrogel primary wound dressing. You cut it off sheets and can put in refridgerator if you want. It worked wonders.
Good Luck to you, Diane
May an angel walk beside you.
Oct 12, 2007 08:59AM - edited Oct 12, 2007 08:59AM by Yogi
I had my radiation done in the German health care system and they told me not to get the area wet at all (no showers!) and to only use baby powder. I used cotton balls and patted the powder on at least twice a day. I did not experience any skin problems except for a slight discoloration during the final week of Tx and it has since gone away. I may just have been lucky but this worked for me. Just thought I would share.
Oct 12, 2007 11:43AM garnetann wrote:
That is interesting on the smaller boobs, they told me I would have less problems because I was smaller. Also, keeping it dry makes sense since the water would dry it out.