I was fortunate to have minimal skin damage during radiation, and I have some tips that might help. If you know someone going through radiation treatment or you are experiencing it, see if these help. One person who bought six Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer books because she knew so many women with breast cancer, prepared a gift bag of some of the lotions I suggested to give with the book. So here’s my tips.
TIPS FOR SKIN CARE DURING RADIATION
1. Slather the radiated breast with Aloe Vera and Niniva lotion (or heavy unperfumed lotions). I took these with me to treatment and put it on right after. Also after shower, before bed…several times a day.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Eat healthy and get lots of rest
4. Take naps if you’re tired–your body is rebuilding every day
5. In the shower don’t let hot water hit you breast. Keep it just warm and flow on your back and over your shoulder
6. Don’t wear anything lacy or scratchy.
7. If your breast becomes irritated the doctor may give you a couple of days break or give you samples of prescription cream. I had to do that.
8. Radiation can cause a frozen shoulder. I had it happen to me. Ask your dr. about exercises to do. Be very careful not to get any cuts on the arm near the breast being radiated. Let someone else cut and dice in the kitchen.
9. Don’t get manicures until radiation is over and don’t shave under your arm.
10. Use a non-perfume bath soap like Dove.
On pg 177 of Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer. I talk about chemo/radiation brain. Don’t worry if you can’t think straight or are forgetful.