What did you do to help radiation burn?
After lumpectomy & lymph node removal (margins & nodes showed no cancer) I had 15 rounds or radiation in 3 weeks. At the end of treatment two weeks ago I developed a rash on my chest from the radiation. It’s very red & itches like crazy, which makes it hard to sleep. I’m using over the counter cortisone cream & Aquaphor for the dryness. Has anyone had success with other ways to treat this while waiting for it to heal? This site has helped me tremendously so thank you to everyone!
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My friend used everyday during radiation treatment Aloe vera.
This might sound unlikely but castor oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Find organic, cold-pressed, untreated castot oil at many 'health food' and vitamin stores or Whole Foods.
Emu oil is very good for inflammations as well. It's used in Australia for burns and I've seen it work amazingly well. Make sure, though, to get food grade pure emu oil just to be safe. It's a thinner oil than castor oil and absorbs easily. I've seen it break down old burn scars of many years standing. A small bottle is in my travel first-aid kit at all times
I like aloe a lot but it made a very serious sunburn sting a lot while emu oil did not and actually seemed to cool the skin. [There are several different aloes and some are actually caustic.]
I had 16 proton radiation treatments and used generous amounts of VANICREAM recommended by radiation oncologist and staff. I applied it several times each day, and my wife wrapped gauze around my chest to prevent the cream from penetrating my shirts. It worked very well. Good luck.
@cadunkin, I hope you saw the helpful tips from fellow members. How is the rash doing? Has anything helped?
My radiation oncologist recommended My Girls Skin Care and it really helped. You can order it online at mygirlscream.com.
Thanks to everyone for the great tips. I’m alternating between hydrocortisone cream & Vanicream. The rash is almost gone but the area is still red & tender. Can anyone give me a time frame on how long these burns last? I remind myself to be thankful that this is my worst side effect (so far).
I was having an awful time dealing with radiation burns from breast cancer treatment. My son (a motorcycle nut) had burns on his legs from a minor wreck. He had some 1% silver sulfadiazine cream that his doctor prescribed for those burns. He knew that I was a bit off (actually, more than a bit off) from the burns and said, "Mom, try this." Yes, I do know about using someone else's prescription. But I was desperate. And it worked – and worked quickly. If I encountered this condition again, I would ask my doc for a prescription.
I was prescribed a cream to use, by my radiation oncologist after each radiation treatment. Ask your Dr. For something. I had 18 treatments. Last 4 were bursts. My skin had no burns.
I had 35 rounds and a lot of skin trouble. I used calendula and had a bunch of silky thrift store shirts that I wore braless and ruined from the lotion. Took like 3 months forredbess to go away, but skin was better after 2 months.
@cadunkin I kept pure aloe Vera “no alcohol “ to prevent the sting. In my refrigerator. I put this on multiple times per day, I kept a small one in my purse for work. I didn’t ruin my clothes and I didn’t feel greasy. The radiation oncologist said to try this after I really couldn’t stand aquaphor, to me I felt like it held in the heat instead of cooling it.
The silver sulfadiazine might be helpful now that you are done with treatment but I would not use it during treatment without my radiation oncologist prescribing it just to be sure it is safe, and won’t interfere with treatments.