• Radiation

    Asked by JoyceD50 on Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Radiation

    My skin type is very fair. I'm half-way through my radiation treatment and my skin is burned and itchy. I am using Eucerin Calming cream to ease the burning at least 2 times a day. But now my clothes (Bra) is irritating the area. Any suggestions? (BTW I am a large person so going without a bra is worse than wearing one)

    28 Answers from the Community

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    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Get some gel from the Radiologist. Wear all cotton..try finding a sliky undershirt and wear that under a couple layers of tin tee shirt type without a bra..And be careful with your bed sheets..make sure they are cotton and are not rough in any way.

      over 6 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      I find coconut oil to also help with skin irritation, plus it's naturally antiseptic.

      In terms of a bra, here's a link that may help:
      http://www.uhn.ca/docs/HealthInfo/Shared%20Documents/Bra_Buying_Guide_for_Breast_Cancer_Patients.pdf

      You may need to seek out professional help for a new bra fitting, or perhaps use a camisole (just a suggestion: http://www.tlcdirect.org/Radiation-Comfort-Cami) just temporarily.

      Best of luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • DebraC's Avatar
      DebraC

      Wear an undershirt of some kind under your bra! This is so important, it really helped me.

      over 6 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I wore an all cotton bra. Just get the softest material next to you skin that you can. And go without a bra when at home, if able. My radiology team had me just use aloe vera twice a day. I still burned and eventually peeled. But healed up fine. Best to you.

      over 6 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I wore a cotton cami...but I had a bilat so I didn't need to wear a bra....the rad onc nurse gave me some lotion and salve (sp) to use...blanking on the name at the moment...if I think of it, I'll come back and post......

      over 6 years ago
    • kwspr's Avatar
      kwspr

      My rad onc gave me sample tubes of a lidocaine gel. Was a tremendous help for especially painful areas of my fair, sensitive skin. You can buy this over-the-counter, too. Ask your rad onc or rad tech about it.

      over 6 years ago
    • Teachergirl's Avatar
      Teachergirl

      The best thing I used was a cream called My Girls. I purchased it on amazon and it was made by a radiologist. I also found that wearing a sport bra helped. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar
      SandraK

      Ask if you can get a prescription for Radiaplex. It you can put on right before treatment, then 2 other times a day. You can also use aloe vera gel during the day after treatment.

      over 6 years ago
    • georgiamerlyn's Avatar
      georgiamerlyn

      Miaderm is a radiation relief lotion=specifically for this. I was told to start using before radiation began. Spread over radiated area and outward on additional skin. Really helped.

      over 6 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      I am very fair too and scheduled to start radiation in December. I heard there are cooling gel patches that you keep in the fridge and put them on the burned area to get some relief. I don't recall the brand name but maybe someone else can give you more information

      over 6 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar
      Samcharlie

      I am also fair and was very, very red. I used an ointment as prescribed by my radiologist and was told to use it 3 times a day. The radiation technicians also gave me tons of samples of lotions and ointments sent to the hospital. I just put everything on to ease the pain. I also continued to wear a bra the entire time.

      over 6 years ago
    • Josie777's Avatar
      Josie777

      Aloe gel helps a lot, but it has to be pure and just the inner filling. You can find aloe products at the Whole Foods. Hope you feel better soon! God bless you!

      over 6 years ago
    • Josie777's Avatar
      Josie777

      Forgot to say that the aloe gel needs to be without alcohol.

      over 6 years ago
    • JudithCST's Avatar
      JudithCST

      Pure Aloe Vera gel worked great for me also

      over 6 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar
      MelanieIIB

      Your Radiation Oncologist did not give you a prescription for cream? Mine gave me a prescription for Xclair. I had to apply it twice a day and then when that was rubbed in well and absorbed, she wanted me to put Aquafor on top of that. It is important not to apply anything to the area about 3 hours before your radiation treatment. I would ask your doctor if she/he could recommend a cream for radiated skin.

      I wore a very soft shirt next to my skin and then my bra on top of that and then a top to hide my bra and undershirt. When you clean your radiated skin, don't use a rag and don't rub hard. My Radiation Oncologist recommended using Dove Sensitive Skin soap. Pat dry after cleaning and rinsing, don't rub. It is also helpful not to use hot water when cleaning the area, but the coolest you can stand.

      Drink extra water and eat extra protein to help your good cells rebuild. How many more treatments do you have?

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      I used Eucerin Aquaphor healing ointment. It was recommended by the radiologist. I am large busted and going without a bra is not an option. I got tube tops on Amazon and they were perfect. It might work for you. I was just so uncomfortable and needed a little relief from a bra. Hey best of everything...hope you get some relief!

      over 6 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      Here is where you can get the cooling gel sheets to help radiation burns: http://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/CoolMagic-Gel-Sheets.html Make sue re you check with your radiation oncologist before you use although a friends radiologist recommended them. Good luck, let us know what works.

      over 6 years ago
    • kwebster78's Avatar
      kwebster78

      I too burned and peeled during radiation treatments. My oncologist gave me a prescription for silver sulfadiazine cream (SSD), which I used 3 times a day, and then put Aquaphor on top of that. I wore cotton bras that snapped in the front. I also made a pad from microfiber washcloths that I covered the burn with so my clothes wouldn't rub. Hope you find what works for you!

      over 6 years ago
    • JoyceD50's Avatar
      JoyceD50

      My Radiation Dr. prescribed Ascend Silver Sulfadiazine Cream today along with some pain meds. I am grateful for all of your replies and suggestions. THANK YOU your support means so much.

      over 6 years ago
    • euphgirl's Avatar
      euphgirl

      I was also told to take plain cornstarch and use a makeup powder puff and apply throughout the day to reduce friction from my clothes. I was given a prescription cream and then told to put Vanicream on top of it before bed and the cornstarch throughout the day. Of course, I washed everything off before going to treatment each day.

      over 6 years ago
    • Ally's Avatar
      Ally

      Hello,
      My answer is very simple.ha. My radiation Dr told me ONE product.. He said Aloe Vera GEL. I have been using it and have very little "pink" He said make sure it is 100% aloe vera..no coloring, no alcohol in it. It is hard to find.. Health stores such as Natures Pantry carry it.

      OK thats my suggestion , lol

      Good Luck!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • JudithCST's Avatar
      JudithCST

      I bought my alcohol free Aloe Vera in the gift shop at the hospital. My radiologist has them stock it

      over 6 years ago
    • tutuca67's Avatar
      tutuca67

      Where a tighter t shirt or camisole under you shirt instead of a bra.

      over 6 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      I had radiation too and very fair skinned. I burned, peeled, and then recovered with new pink skin soft as a baby's butt. My rad onco gave me two creams - Radiaguard and one other that I can't think of. They also gave me a gel pad that you put in the fridge. I also used a bandaged type thing called Mepilex - used for burn areas to be a skin against your clothes.

      over 6 years ago
    • Ally's Avatar
      Ally

      Hello again :)
      I forgot something.. imagine that huh? As far as "bra's" go.. My radiation "tech" nurses recommened that "AHHH BRA" you see on tv.. It has NO hooks, metal, nothing.. I found one for me in a local store here called Big Lots.. also CVS carries them sometimes.. I like it..

      It comes in ALL sizes too :)

      OK if i think of something else. i will be back.. LOL

      take care AND remember to PRAY and ASK GOD to help you and then THANK HIM for EVERY little thing.. :)

      ally

      over 6 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar
      MelanieIIB

      Ally, thanks for the bra recommendation and also for the reminder about asking God to help us through our journeys and not forgetting to thank Him. It was God who got me through all I've been through and He gives me His unexplainable peace when I refuse to fret about my situation.

      over 6 years ago
    • Harmony's Avatar
      Harmony

      Hi Joyce. I wore sports bras during radiation treatments and have been wearing them ever since. Aug 30 made my 1 year free of treatments. The key is keeping those girls "Cool" so think "Cotton". Stay far from those underwire bras. Aloe is always great but let your radiation team know what you're experiencing. esp if the area is raw so not to use a product that may bite broken skin. When I was home I let them breathe. I enjoyed lounging in oversized T-shirts.

      Just know its almost over. The healing starts the moment the treatment ends. All my burns began to peel off & I had no raw skin, just a darker breast which has lightened but still shade darker than the other.

      Praying for your healing and recovery. You do the same and don't forget to Thank God daily. It could be worse.

      Blessings!

      over 6 years ago
    • pamapples' Avatar
      pamapples

      If it's just red like a sun burn my oncologist had me using Jeans cream before starting radiation which helped. Towards the end of my radiation the skin had starting peeling and hurt like XXX. I got a perscription for Silver Sulfadiazine Cream (used on burn victims) and Lidacaine jell (for numbing) to use together on the peeling areas. They also gave me a special type of bandage (Spongey) that only sticks to healthy skin. I also wore loose fitting tube tops that I made from cotton t shirts both for comfort and to help hold the bandages on. The good news is healing happens really fast after radiation stops. Good luck and God bless you

      over 6 years ago

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