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Hi - just finished radiation and my skin is so sore. Any tips?

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Hi Sharon

Call your radiation oncologist. They all have their preferred regimens. Don't scratch or rub! You need to keep your skin in tact.

I had radiation last year. My skin seemed unaffected until 5 days after I completed the last treatment. I used aquaphor and Elocon (mometasone, a prescription steroid) alternating them every 6 hours. I had one open moist area and used Bactroban (mupirocin, a prescription antibacterial) there twice a day. They had wanted me to use Silvadine cream but I couldn't use it due to a sulfa allergy.

I also wore my husband's white cotton tee shirts beneath my bra. They were soft and comfortable and protected my clothes from the greasy skin ointments.

It took about a month to fully heal. They asked me to send in photos every few days so they could monitor my skin. Who knew at age 65 I would have what I laughingly call my breast porno pictures! Good luck!

Robin in NYC

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I finished 33 sessions of radiation last fall. AS I was getting toward the last couple of weeks they gave me a special antibacterial soap to shower with and told me to use aquaphor. All in all, it healed up pretty quickly afterwards

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Thank you

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I am using aquaphor and another lotion they gave me.

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Aquafor was the best treatment for me.

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Had treatment at NYU Medical Center. They gave me multiple bottles of Calendula Lotion. It is a Homeopathic product. Kidding them I asked why they were buying Homeopathic products for the patients... I happen to believe in them. They told me that they had a done a study and everyone on Calendula did better. I slopped on a ton after every radiation session, and again at night. Showered it away in the AM, before treatment. Did very well - no burns on my very white skin. After radiation was told to continue for two weeks. Did that. A couple of weeks later, noticed that my skin had become "leathery". Returned to Calendula for another 2 months. Have no traces of ever having been radiated! It is sold in all the chain pharmacies. Best part, it isn't greasy! Have given this info to patients getting radiation in other states and had a few "call backs" from callers, after they told their radiation oncologists that this was being used at NYU, and they had adopted the product for their patients. Good luck!

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Did they give you anything to put on your skin while you were going through radiation? I used a product called Aquaphor, and it really helped!

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Greetings Sister Warrior: I used Aquaphor, and the natural 100% Aloe Vera Gel after radiation

treatments. I used the leaf that I purchased in a super-market. You can cut it up and keep it

in the freezer, to use for months later. I have a lot of my grand-mothers Aloe Vera plant

growing on the window sill's of my house, but I can't bring myself to damage the plant to use

it. So I purchased an almost 100% Aloe -Vera Gel from Trader Joe's, and it is part of my daily

routine of anti-aging serums, and antioxidant potions I put it on my face, my neck, and my

hands. It really does work for any type of burn. I know this God's green earth leaf along with

the Aquaphor will give you the relief you need Amen. I pray Gods blessing in your

healing. XoXoXoXo

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Thanks everyone. I am much better this wk

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So glad to hear this, Sharon!

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