• What have others used for radiation burn to the breast? Rad oncologist suggested Biafine but insurance won't pay, $186 per tube!! Ouch!

    Asked by Gerbil61 on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    What have others used for radiation burn to the breast? Rad oncologist suggested Biafine but insurance won't pay, $186 per tube!! Ouch!

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      You can get Biafine from amazon for under fifty dollars. Your radiologist should have samples though. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      My radiation burn was located mostly under my left arm and got to the point that I had to take a week off to allow some healing. At first, they gave me a cream that is specifically for radiation burns but it did not help me much. They then prescribed Silverdene. Applying the Silverdene in a thin coat and letting a fan blow on the area finally got me on the road to healing.

      almost 5 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      Silvadene, metrogel, aquaphor, then cocoa butter. The nurse gave me samples of aquaphor. silvadene is a prescription, but it wasn't expensive. Good luck:)

      almost 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      The nurse at the rad onc gave me a "salve" to use, it was kind of pasty and then a screen type cami to wear over it to keep it on.....I'd have to go look at my notes to find the right name as is been 6 years.....

      almost 5 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Aquaphor healing ointment does wonders if you use it from day one of treatments and thereafter 'til you use up the whole jar.They told us twice a day.Right after the treatment and before going to bed.I never had problems and healing is already done.My last treatment was Dec.6th.I was just red and swollen,but fine already.Never any pain.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I used Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion. About $8 for a pump bottle that was more than I needed for all treatments about about a month afterwards. My radiology oncologist told me I could use anything I wanted as long as it didn't contain Vitamin E.

      almost 5 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Aquaphor was given as a couple of samples at first,but then had to buy it .You can get it at any stores like target,walmart,etc.Also talk to a social worker where you get your treatmrnts.I never wanted one the first time the dr.suggested it.You would not believe rhe resources and help you get that we don't know about.There's places that give to cancer patients.Check it out with a social worker.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar
      Nellie

      Aquapour is amazing stuff! I do have an rx steroid cream triamcinolone that I used also. I have minor itching and peeling. I couldn't try silvadene I'm allergic to sulfa drugs and it has sulfa in it. Best of luck to you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar
      Paw

      Hi Gerbil61. I used 100% pure aloe Vera. I bought aloe Vera from the produce department. You just cut open the plant and rub the inside of the plant on the infected area(s) It's has a little smell to it but the results were miraculous. My father used the plant on his thighs when he had second degree burns.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      The radiation center gave me Hydrophor to help with the burn and healing, and it works. I would take 4 oz jars home every week or so. The also gave me some to put on the area right after treatment. When the burn started blistering, they gave me gauze and a solution to help dry out the area

      Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      also try emu oil. I used it after every shower I took (but not if it's 4 or hours or less before treatment)

      almost 5 years ago
    • Abby127's Avatar
      Abby127

      Biafinecream (dot com) sells direct from France where Biafine does not require an Rx. They ship anywhere free. Its $45 for the 186g XL tube.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar
      Kossmore

      They told me to use clear alovera gel but it did not help. Finally he gave me a perscription for 2% hydrocortizone. I had to use more than the recommended amount of the hydrocortizone but that helped quiet down the itching and burning.

      almost 5 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Hi Gerbil61,
      You've received some awesome suggestions! One product we carry in our cancer specialty shop is call L'athene. It's a skin care line that really is 100% natural and was created by two nurses who worked very closely with burn victims. It is specially formulated to heal burns, and fast! If you'd like more information, let me know!
      Rachael

      almost 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      You should be able to get samples from the Dr. I did not pay for any products needed for my burns. I had severe 2nd and some 3rd degree, they gave me medicated pads to cover them with. then after aboutr 4 days, I switched to Silvadene (sp?). Let it peel good in the shower with a mild soap and wash gently. After you are heeled, it may itch, then they gave me a steroid creme fo the itch and aquafor so that it wouldn't dry out too much. All healed pretty well within a week and 1/2. Still get some itching and use a non alchohol based cream just because skin is so damaged and dry (was done in Oct 12) Best of luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Gerbil61's Avatar
      Gerbil61

      Thank you all!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      My rad onc recommends Hydrolatum. The other doctor in the practice recommends Aquaphor.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ljb23's Avatar
      ljb23

      My docs gave me Silvadene and it's a generic and really cheap. Works great.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      I used prescription hydrocortisone for itching, then they made cold compresses from gauze soaked in pure Aloe Vera. It felt so good! You could make it yourself with gauze, cotton or clean clothes soak in pure Aloe Vera and keep it in the fridge. It is soothing, but actually your body has to heal itself, and it will! Good luck to you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar
      Myungclas

      Not to be nasty, but I discovered halfway through rads that the nurses were hoarding samples of great, soothing stuff "just in case." They are stingy with them and virtually collect them in their own kitchens to soothe burns. Be assertive. They have relief to offer you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar
      mcowett

      The cancer center here gives, at no charge, RadiaPlex Gel. send me a private note (I don't know how to do that) with your address and I will send you some. It should not cost that much. . . .

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      I didn't have radiation, but discovered Emu oil through a radiation discussion forum. A lot of women undergoing radiation for BC swear by Emu oil. I use it for dry patches, and it's wonderful for that.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      I see someone else recommended Emu oil, but said not to use right before? I'd follow her advice!
      For burns...which is what radiation is, you can apply raw egg whites. Egg whites are extremely rich in proteins, and should promote healing (not to mention that if you need something cold, it should be soothing. Leave at room temperature for a bit if you need the warmer. Do not cook as that will change some of he healing proteins).

      almost 5 years ago

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