• Radiation burn

    Asked by CathyMurphy on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Radiation burn

    I had lumpectomy and lymphnodes 2 removed. My neck is getting very dark and hurting my on my 17 treatment have to go for 30

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    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      Radiation is not fun, that's for sure and is different for everyone. I have sensitive skin and found it didn't hold up well to treatments. There is a wonderful cream that helped me alot and right now I cannot think of the name of it for anything. Someone mentioned it on a post just the other day. Anyone out there remember?

      12 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      Given enough time my brain does eventually work---- sometimes. The cream was Calendula. I found it very soothing on the burned area.

      12 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      When I started to burn, they have me a stronger cream at the center. I was told by another patient to apply it three or four times a day. So whenever I thought of it I put some on. I only had two dime sized burns that went away in a week.

      12 days ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Make sure you point it out at radiation. They need to know and may be able to make adjustments. I used calendula cream also. I had an extreme reaction on my chest to the chemo ( going in at same time) but they also helped with that. Good luck!!!

      11 days ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar
      MarcieB

      I completed 30 days of radiation on April 28 and if you saw me now you would never know it happened. My doctor advised a cream that was only available at the hospital pharmacy (not a prescription, but not carried by drugstores) - it was never in stock. So I used a few drops of frankincense oil mixed in Almond oil as a carrier. When I told my doctor I was using this she looked at me as if I had just told her I was using snake oil. (lol!) But, it worked like a charm for me. No blisters, no burns, a little redness which later turned brown and then went away within 2 months. I applied that oil after every treatment and at night, if I was feeling too lazy to mix it, I used Jergens, oil infused, Restorating Cream with Argan. And sometimes I just used pure Aloe Vera gel.

      11 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had 25 treatments on my neck in 2009, by the end of those I was toasted. Extremely brown, peeling blisters with a little pain. I don't remember now what I was putting on it, but I do remember that It was messy for my shirts. I hope you find some relief. I do know that the radiation techs usually have several suggestions for what to use, I would ask for their opinion.

      11 days ago
    • TerriL's Avatar
      TerriL

      Let your doctor know immediately. I had the best luck with regular Vaseline, which I applied after my treatment. It worked better for me than the suggested creams.

      10 days ago
    • BobbyZ's Avatar
      BobbyZ

      I have extreme burns also. Mine are not getting any worse but they were pretty bad at one point. I've peeled, applied burn gel, and wear loose clothing over those spots.

      10 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      By the end of my radiation I had a seriously bad burn. Blisters. It HURT! I couldn't stand clothing against my skin and it was January in the Northeast. It intensified for several days AFTER treatment ended. I was at wits end until I had a (chemobrain delayed) brain storm. I had access to a product called Ferris Polymem, a wound dressing manufactured by Ferris Manufacturing
      Corporation. I put a patch of it over the burn and held in place with a bandage around my chest. In three days the burn was gone!

      8 days ago
    • Newbee's Avatar
      Newbee

      I had 4wks of radiation. I burned a little. I used a cream called "Aquaphor" that was recommended to me it helps a lot.

      8 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I had 36 treatments to my neck. I didn’t burn until the end. It didn’t hurt as much as it was annoying. I told I was told to watch what I wore. He said not to wear anything that may scratch it in any way. I also had to be careful because it bled. They gave me creams which I guessed helped but mainly made stains on my tops. I noticed some others suggested some creams that are clear they may work better. But definitely mention to your center they always have good ideas. Wishing you all the best!

      7 days ago

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