• Skin cream for radiation therapy

    Asked by banditwalker on Monday, March 10, 2014

    Skin cream for radiation therapy

    My radiation oncologists only suggests aloe vera plant for a topical cream during radiation. I love aloe (it's natural) but I think I will need something a little more effective. What worked for you?

    26 Answers from the Community

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      I used Biafine crème which was given to me by the radiation nurses and it worked great, apply it after treatments. I also used Aloe vera gel from Trader Joes, it is nice but kind of sticky. And be sure to get lots of rest and drink lots of water. Good luck and best wishes for your radiation treatments.

      over 6 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I think my rad onc let me use Aquafor lotion...but I could not use it before rads...the rad nurses gave me a salve that I could use...it was a paste that I put on.....but don't use anything without your rad onc's permission...all the best to you

      over 6 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      My oncologist gave me a thick cream, I chose to use aloe instead. It is easily rinsed off when bathing, does not require a heavy touch to apply. I had no major issues except his tech staff was rude. he had the most current equipment so I endured them.

      over 6 years ago
    • debrashiver's Avatar

      My Rads Onc gave me a script for Silver Sulfadiazine it worked great.

      over 6 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      While I was on rads, my doctor gave me travel samples of Aquafor and said that was the best thing to use and only after treatment. It worked OK but was really slimy, so I started using raggedy T-shirts or night gowns as under garments so my nice ones didn't get all nasty. Good thing I had rads in the cold months, for it gets a little warm in layers! Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe! While visiting my mother over Thanksgiving and Christmas, she also let me use her chez butter lotion. HUGS and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • Joyex's Avatar

      The stuff that helped my husband the best for the radiation burns was applying cream sold for babies nappy (diaper) rash - applied after treatment. Seemed to give the most relief. (cant remember what brand, but sure they are all similar)

      over 6 years ago
    • Fran106's Avatar

      I had a very bad radiation burn during the boost, i found the aloe leaf (natural) was the only cooling relief i could get. I also used (after burn got a bit better) cocoa butter cream.

      over 6 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had a bad burn whereas I had to take a week off to heal. They prescribed Silvadene Cream which worked quite well. I also let a fan blow directly on the area which aided the healing.

      over 6 years ago
    • Jodienyc's Avatar

      Before you put on anything new, talk to your doctor. The three things that my Dr. allowed were Pure Aloe, Calendula or Aquaphor. The Calendula is all natural and is the next layer up from Aloe in terms of moisturizing. The Aquaphor is the heaviest and does have a greasy feel but also keeps the skin moisturized.

      over 6 years ago
    • FemaleinMotion's Avatar

      My onc prescribed Regenacare, which has lidocaine and aloe vera. It was non-sticky and so soothing! Hang in there!

      over 6 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      Biofine! I tried a number of things but this was the best. They had some samples of it in the secret drawer at the radiation center, but they don't offer one until you're blistery and sore. Aloe worked for a few weeks, but i needed something better later on. Don't be shy about asking (demanding) a sample or Rx if you start feeling like you need it.

      over 6 years ago
    • janelly911's Avatar

      I used a cream called "My Girls" skin care. I would use it after each treatment and then at night. Got in on Amazon. My oncologist was very happy with the results. One jar lasted 25 treatments.
      Awesome stuff!

      My Girls™ Skin Care cream is a plant-based, calendula & rosemary skin cream made without parabens, fragrance or dyes for people who need to maintain the healthy appearance of their skin after repeated radiation therapy treatments that may irritate the skin. Creamy plant-based formula spreads easily over compromised, delicate skin. “Calendula is recommended as an effective topical agent to maintain the healthy appearance of the skin after radiation therapy treatments. Patients who used it experienced fewer skin reactions and needed less frequent radiation treatment interruption to manage skin-related side effects.” Oncology Nursing Society, 2011 evidence-based study

      over 6 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar

      I found pure aloe vera gel to be super effective in preventing radiation burns. I am vary fair skinned, and had no burning at all after 6 weeks of rad. I would keep a big bottle in my fridge and fill a small travel container to take with me to the sessions. I'd slather it on immediately after I'd been nuked, before I got dressed, which I think is important. Also the gel must be pure and fragrance free.
      FYI I tried Aquafor initially, but I found it greasy, and since the aloe worked so well, I didn't need it.

      over 6 years ago
    • TiffanyJ's Avatar

      I was worried when my Dr told me to use only aloe too. But they've kept an eye on it and as soon as it got red (around the 4th week) they gave me lidocaine cream for pain relief and the silvadene cream to prevent blistering. It worked right away, and I haven't felt the need for anything else so far. I'm on 31 of 35 today. Good luck to you!

      over 6 years ago
    • euphgirl's Avatar

      I was told to use a layer of 2 % cortisone cream followed by a layer of Vanicream at night before bed. Each morning, shower it off, go for rads and after rads dust on some cornstarch with a makeup powder puff. Dust on the cornstarch as often as you like throughout the day. The rad onc doc said it prevented friction with your clothes. This worked for me.

      over 6 years ago
    • vsdobson's Avatar

      Calendula cream worked great for me. My skin had no bad reaction. Just a little tan.

      over 6 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar

      I tried various creams and found that Radiaplex worked the best for me. It is by rx only. I burned severely and also had the lidocaine cream, however, when that hit the burn I about went thru the roof with pain. Radiaplex gave me relief from the burn and my skin reacted to it in a great way. Ask your radiology center as mine had lots and lots of samples to try. Find the one that works best for you.

      over 6 years ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Radiaplex twice daily; wash off all creams 1 hour before radiation treatment; eight cycles of radiation Monday through Friday every other week with no skin problems whatsoever

      over 6 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      I started with 100% aloe vera gelly, which worked quite well through most of my treatments. I developed some pretty severe burning (I'm very fair-skinned) towards the end, for which I was given Silvadene cream and Domoboro soaks. I was a bit uncomfortable for awhile there, but it all healed over with time and patience. I still have the "tan" lines from the radiation fields - they will take longer to resolve, but since they are not really visible, I'm not concerned. Up higher, where my supraclavicular treatment was, I cover the area with makeup if I'm going somewhere special and my neckline is low.


      over 6 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Calendula gel. Wow ... it really worked. I slathered it on right after the zap. No burning after 33 zaps. You can get a tube of it at a health food store.

      over 6 years ago
    • advice4me's Avatar

      I'll also put in a vote for Calendula. It is a homeopathic cream made from marigolds. It is not greasy and absorbs almost immediately so you can wear clothes soon after applying it. My radiation oncologist told me to put it on 3 x day. I did really well until week 5, but I have very fair skin & burn easily. I had to wait 12 days before they could do the boost. In that time, a good amount of the burning had healed and I didn't peel. It also is very soothing. The radiation team said not to put it on the blistered area. They gave me homoboro to dry out that area.

      I tried Aquaphor, but thought it was way too greasy. The nurse said it was basically petroleum jelly with lanolin.

      over 6 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar

      Hi BW,
      You're ahead of me, so I can't speak to the effectiveness, however, in the handout I received from the Radiology Oncologist at Sloan with respect to creams are :Eucerin, (I don't see that one mentioned above), Aquaphor or Calendula. If your skin gets itchy you may be prescribed mometasone furoate which is a steroid cream. Timing apparently is important also. If your treatment is in the morning it says to apply after your treatment and before bed. If your treatment is in the afternoon, you should apply in the morning but at least 4 hours before the treatment and then again at bedtime. Good luck! I'll be checking in with you.

      over 6 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I mixed aloe gel with Aquaphor. I couldn't stand Aquaphor alone. Too sticky.

      over 6 years ago
    • Irishscott's Avatar

      I had 37 treatments and I used Aquaphor. This worked very well for me, I am extremely fair skin and blistered. Hope this helps. Good luck and your in my prayers.

      over 6 years ago
    • DaveR's Avatar

      I used emu oil! My doctor suggested it because he'd heard it worked. I did research on it and apparently the emu oil has very similar properties to that of skin. Worked wonders for me, but I will say it is quite expensive. I found it at a local nutrition shop, but I do believe you can get it on Amazon as well.

      over 6 years ago
    • Luann's Avatar

      My radiology oncologist also had me use aloe, two or three times a day. When the burns got bad, he had me mix white vinegar and water and use a soft cloth to soak the skin and gently debride it.

      over 6 years ago

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