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Topic: Skin Cream during radiation

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2007 05:21AM

CarrieDee wrote:

Figured I would post this as a separate topic so people wouldn't have to dig to find out the information.

What was the best cream/gel used during radiation?

I was just given a sample of Radiogel- has anyone used this?

I tried the Aquaphor and found it sticky and my skin actually felt more itchy after I applied it.

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Dec 29, 2011 12:24PM Ossa wrote:

Spinnerpom

I am also a redhead. As you know we tend to be very fair skinned as well as sensitive skin.. Have been recommended to use aloe for rads. I bought two aloe vera plants and am cutting small pieces of plant daily to use as moisturizer, also after my shower I use a moisturizer for sensitive skin.. Went to my first Physio past surgery yesterday and was told my skin was in very good shape (normally have very dry skin). The sooner yo start moisturizing the better for you (according to my onco nurse who also works in rads,)

My rads start at end of January

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Dec 29, 2011 12:32PM LuvRVing wrote:

This is working well for me, and it doesn't leave a greasy film.  I order it from Amazon, I've been using it for decades on my face as I have very dry, sensitive skin.

Moisturel Moisturel Therapeutic Cream

Michelle - read my blog at www.mch-breastcancer.blogspot.com - Be kind to one another! Dx 6/15/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/29/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/11/2012, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 31, 2011 12:23PM Ossa wrote:

May you have enough happiness to keep you happy.

Enough trials to keep you strong

Enough sorrow to keep you human

Enough hope to keep you thoughful

Enough failure to keep you humble

Enough success to keep you eager

Enough friends to give you comfort

Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish depression

Enough wealth to meet your daily needs

Enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday

Happy healthy 2012 to all

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 19, 2012 04:22PM EvarL wrote:

Hi I finished my radiation and have terrible burns in breast ans back. One week ago I ordered cream from website, which take from this forum

My girls cream

http://www.mygirlscream.com/,

but still didn't recieve it. Did anybody get the cream from them?

Thank you

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Jan 19, 2012 04:23PM sweetbean wrote:

Emu oil.  It is magic.

Dx 11/18/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
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Jan 19, 2012 04:31PM EvarL wrote:

Thank you, I used, but still got burns

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Jan 19, 2012 09:54PM Ossa wrote:

Was told by MO not to use oil of any kind

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 25, 2012 01:43PM herta wrote:

I used Lubriderm which was on the recommended skin cream list given to me by the radiation department at my Cancer Agency. I finished radiation on 01 Nov 2011 but continued to use Lubriderm until a few days ago when I read that parabens are a toxin linked to breast cancer and the ingredient list for the Lubriderm I was using shows ... parabens (two diff kinds, even).   

www.breastcancerfund.org/clear... 

Now I use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and my skin feels better. I don't know about using olive oil during radiation but at least try to avoid slathering anything with parabens on your breast! 

Oh how I envy the women who sailed through radiation without skin reactions!

Dx 6/2/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2012 04:35PM Ossa wrote:

Hope everyone is doing well. Keep putting on the cream ladies

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jan 28, 2012 05:57PM GirlPowerDebbie wrote:

I am happy to see good words about Jeans Cream!  I started rads last week and just ordered Jeans Cream last night after finding a review of it with an internet search, and after reading their testimonials.  Hope it works for me.  Thanks!

Dx 6/10/2011, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/15/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/7/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/17/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/10/2012 Surgery 6/15/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Feb 1, 2012 11:40PM Ossa wrote:

Was told by RO nurse to stop using aloe only use Glaxal Base and do saline solution soaks several times a day.. 1.5-2 teaspoons salt mixed into 1 liter boiling water.. Let cool to roomtemp. before using..moisten facecloth put over treatment area 10-15 min.

Hope you are all doing well

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Feb 23, 2012 05:43PM babsbrink wrote:

I am almost through with my RADS 4 to go out of 33. I am using Aquaphor and My Girls Cream. My Girls after morning shower, RADS at 2:00PM, I used the Aquaphor immediately after the treatment, and again at bed time. My skin did turn red, but I have had no pain, peeling or blistering so far. And with only 4 to go, I think I will be getting through this pretty easily.

Carefree Highway let me slip away on you.... Dx 7/12/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2012 10:35PM Spinnerpom wrote:

Starting week 4...using virgin coconut oil twice a day. Barely any redness, just a little itching on the bony area between my teeny little breasts (I'm also thin, so sort of bony in the chest area)...so far so good on the coconut oil and it smells delish and feels amazing when you put it on. I'll keep you all posted on my progress as I get further into treatment.

Sara
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Mar 5, 2012 10:59PM Spinnerpom wrote:

I just want to update everyone. I'm starting boosts tomorrow.  Saw my RO today while they were setting up my treatment plan for my boosts and his first comment was "wow, your skin looks really good".  I am barely red (and I'm a redhead) and not peeling yet...no blisters, just a few bumps. I have been religiously applying virgin coconut oil after treatment and before bed. I can't say that the coconut oil is responsible or that I will emerge from this without blistering, but so far, I think it is helping keep my skin strong and healthy. It also has antimicrobial properties.

Sara
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Apr 3, 2012 11:26AM Pippen wrote:

I used Jean's Cream throughout my 6-1/2 weeks of radiation with Aquafor at night. The last two weeks after I finished treatment have been using both Aquafor & Jean's cream. Only some slight redness, no blistering, very little peeling has happened. The area that is darker is the area where I received a boost every day of treatment - which mobly darkened the freckles. I also use a cortisone ointment whenever I have any itching as prescribed by my doctor. She told me if it itches don't scratch or rub, just put on the cortisone ointment 1% as often as needed. :-) Hope this helps someone.

Pippen Dx 8/15/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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