Oct 15, 2007 11:21PM SandiBeach57 wrote:
I am two weeks out from 28 radiation treatments to left chest wall/axillary nodes with mastectomy. I started with radiogel and was monitored daily for skin changes. It provided good moisture to my skin. I also supplemented with the gel from the aloe vera plant.
When my skin started to "weep", I was switched to Biafine. At the end of treatments, my skin was red and was moist - but no significant pain and it looked like a bad sunburn. One week after completion of treatments - everything became worse. I had huge ulcerated areas, raw exposed skin, yellow-green mucosy drainage, terrible pain. (My daughter said it looked like a big red stop sign!). I was switched to vaseoline covered sterile gauze and Telfa nonadhesive pads and prescribed Tylenol 3. After one week, the damage has peaked and I have switched back to Biafine with nonadhesive pads. Throughout this whole process, I did expose my skin to the air when possible and washed very gently.
It does get better and I hope you find the best skin treatments for you.