• Suggestions for cream/lotion to use during radiation

    Asked by nancyjac on Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Suggestions for cream/lotion to use during radiation

    Radiation treatments start in two weeks. Radiation oncologist suggested I use a moisturizing cream. Said pretty much anything would be ok as long as it didn't contain vitamin E or fragrance. Any suggestions? I have pretty dry skin anyway and have be using a St Ives lotion for body/hands/feet, that I like a lot, but it contains Vit E so need to find something else.

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    • ibcword's Avatar
      ibcword

      My nurse gave me samples throughout the whole treatment. Aquaphor for the scar line or nipple area and Calendula for the skin. Calendula is homeopathic and you may find it in a health food store. If you have an area that splits open, you can use zinc (yes, the diaper rash ointment) to put a protective barrier over the open area.

      over 5 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar
      MarnieC

      Hi there - I liked ibcword's suggestion for calendula, it's a very healing herb. Also of great benefit is aloe vera gel. You can use the actual plant - just break off a leaf and smear the gel that comes out onto the skin. Nice and natural!

      over 5 years ago
    • Sheri's Avatar
      Sheri

      My nurse gave me Elta cream (http://www.eltastore.com/product/elta-creme-tube-28-oz/2-8oz-tube) which I didn't really like because it's super greasy. However, it must work because the areas where I didn't put it (I didn't realize I was getting radiation under my arm pit) peeled and looked much worse at the end of 30 radiation treatments. Two months after I've quit using the cream, my breast still feels a bit greasy, so it is very moisturizing. Be careful though, it can stain your clothing.

      over 5 years ago
    • Jackie's Avatar
      Jackie

      When I first started needing cream/lotion, I used Eucerin calming cream. Then, as radiation continued, I switched to bag balm. In the drug stores here, they keep it in the pharmacy so it you don't see it on the shelf, ask the pharmacist. If she doesn't have it in stock, she should be able to order it for you. It is very greasy but very soothing. Because it is very greasy, I wore an undershirt/camisole type shirt and then another over that during the day. At night, when I would really glop it on, I would wear just an old t shirt to sleep. It will ruin your clothes if you need to use as much as I did so be sure you're wearing clothes that you don't care much for. You might want to put a towel or something on top on your sheets so they don't get ruined. Best of luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar
      shineon6

      Udder ly smooth in the black and white JAR was helpful

      over 5 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar
      shineon6

      Some of the Shea butter balms from the tanning salons are full of emollients.
      Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar
      shineon6

      Some of the Shea butter balms from the tanning salons are full of emollients.
      Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • maddie1's Avatar
      maddie1

      I used radioplex & also silverdine - the silverdine really seemed to help much more with the healing. Good luck - remember to be gentle while cleaning the radiated area - I used a 'sensitive skin' soap as well. Just keep in mind it will pass. Good luck

      over 5 years ago
    • MollyAWelsh's Avatar
      MollyAWelsh

      The nurses gave me Natural Care Gel, which isn't greasy. But I found Aquaphor by Eucerin gave me more relief and lasted longer, but it is greasy. I put on Natural Care Gel right after my treatments because it doesn't get my bra and clothes greasy.....when I get home I put on the Aquaphor. I wear tank tops with no bra and a ton of Aquaphor on at home and to bed. I am using Bacitracin on the areas where the skin in breaking down. I can't use Sliverdine because I am allergic to the sulfa in it.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I think at this point, my radiation oncologist is just suggesting that I use a general moisturizer on the area to be radiated and would prescribe something specific after radiation started to treat any specific skin problems if they come up.

      I spent some time yesterday reading ingredient labels at the store. Turns out quite a few OTC body moisturizers contain vitamin E and almost all of them contain fragrance. I narrowed it down to about 3 that didn't contain either and bought something called Vaseline intensive rescue repairing moisture body lotion. I selected this one because it had the least number of ingredients that I couldn't pronounce. It claims to increase moisture by 300% for up to 24 hours and to heal and strengthen dry skin in 3 days.

      So far I'm less impressed with it than the vitamin E moisturizer I had been using, but it isn't greasy and seems to absorb pretty well, so I'll stick with it for now.

      over 5 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar
      akristine

      What worked for me was aloe vera gel and Aquafor by Eucerin. Yes, it's the consistency of Vaseline but it healed the burned skin quickly as well as kept it from scarring from the blisters. I also take 1000 mg of C and E daily and that helped quite a bit. Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      There seems to be some controversy in the medical community regarding anti-oxidants (including Vit C and E) supplementation (either orally or topically) during radiation. Antioxidants do reduce the painful side effects of radiation therapy, thus supporting the beneficial effects of antioxidants in protecting normal cells in radiation therapy, but they equally protect the cancer cells that radiation is intended to destroy, thus rendering treatment less effective.

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I was told to use Miaderm which was developed by Radiation Oncologists for patients receiving Radiation Therapy. They have a website www.miaderm.com

      over 5 years ago
    • NeverGiveUp's Avatar
      NeverGiveUp

      Hi ... previous answers all great suggestions. Our bodies and skin are all individual, so products may work differently.

      I did not receive radiation to the chest area (groin), but ... I just wanted to add, that I was told NOT to apply any creams to the area receiving radiation at least 2-3 hours prior to a radiation treatment (adds fuel to the fire).

      I was highly sensitive to radiation and almost immediately began experiencing skin burn. I used "SSD Cream" (Silver Sulfadiazine Cream); applying it around the clock, except about 3 hours prior to treatment. It's prescription only.

      For general moisturizing and cleansing; "Aveeno" products were recommended (gentle and moisturizing).

      You're in my thoughts and prayers ...

      over 5 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar
      akristine

      I should mention that I started taking the antioxidants after I finished radiation, not during treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      A friend who had bad radiation burns when treated for breast cancer used what she called a miracle cream, called BARD Natural Care Gel. It's a greaseless gel. 3 first ingredients are water, aloe
      and D-panthenol.

      over 5 years ago

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