I'm going for my planning appointment tomorrow and have found all these tips very helpful, I was worried about showering as I had visions of wiping layers of skin off in a single stroke!
This may sound like a stupid question but do you apply the aquaceous cream before you go for rads?, I am presuming you do - please forgive my ignorance.
Many Thanks for all the advice,
I had the last of my 15 rads yesterday. Mine were to the chest wall only, as I had mastectomy. All nodes removed, only one affected, so no rads to underarm or collarbone areas. I also had chemo (4 FEC and 4 Taxotere) prior to rads.
I have had no burns, pinkness or soreness through the treatment, although I am told that this can happen for up to two weeks afterwards.
My tips are:
shower, rather than bath, and use unscented shower gel (I used Simple Body Wash). Avoid rubbing the treatment area when washing and drying. Use Aqueous cream liberally on area twice a day, be gentle and don't rub it in too enthusiastically.
I was told not to use deodorant, talcum powder or any scented products throughout treatment and for two weeks afterwards.
I had no problems with wearing underwired pocketed mastectomy bras, thank goodness, as I was worried that if I became sore I wouldn't be able to wear my prosthesis.
I found radiotherapy (apart from travelling up to London everyday), easy-peasy compared to chemo!
Good luck everyone!
just bumping this - I will be joining the rads gang in a month after last of first 4 chemo sessions - was looking for tips - this did the trick for me o it might help anyone else starting soon
I don't know whether this helps or not but I had 3 weeks radiotherapy 4 years ago. I wore crop tops and was advised to buy some pure silk. I bought about 30cms. You cut this into squares and put it inside the crop top against your skin. I also used the aqueous cream and although I went a bit pink I was never sore or blistered.
I am having my neck zapped and hadn't even thought about suitable tops, and most of mine are fairly low cut. Blimey, theres so much you just don't think about, I guess I was prob just as anxious when I was starting chemo!
In addition to cotton bras you might find some high necked Tshirts useful! I had to buy some more to cover the 'drawing' all over my chest! Although I don't know if you're having your neck zapped or not! I am only having my neck treated as a precaution because so many lymph nodes were infected. I have found suitable bras difficult to find. I was told off for wearing underwired bras and found supportive (as my treated breast is swelling and now quite heavy!) bras mainly have wiring. I did get a maternity bra at M & S which is soft and adapts to changing shapes, to accomodate my mis-matched pair!
As for cream, I was given that by the hospital (and lots of advice).
Hope it all goes OK for you! I am 11 down and 22 to go! no problems a little pink by the end of the week, but no discomfort or tiredness. In fact I feel so well I have decided to go back to work for a couple of hours in the morning on a volunteer basis (I am a teacher) knowing that I have to leave at 11 for my hospital appointment so can't get drawn into doing anything else! I actually enjoy going for the treatment as the staff are lovely and no pain or needles are involved,
Take care Nicky
I would add - wear cotton bras or crop tops. I bought a couple of the Sloggi 95% cotton crop tops which are very comfortable and also give good support. Once I got sore I just wore the M & S cotton vests and tucked them up under my boobs for some support.
Love Anthi x
Well done on moving to the rads gang!
Planning usually takes place in a simulator or CT scanner. The treatment areas will be marked out on your body using one or more small tattoos about the size of a pinhead. The scan is painless but you have to lie still. I just closed my eyes and thought of lying on a sunny beach, drinking a cocktail with the sea lapping at my feet.
The actual rads treatment is very quick. The positioning takes longer than the blasting.
During treatment, you may find that you get tired. I was lucky, I did not.
Very few people feel sick.
Try to eat well (not a problem for most people!) and drink plenty of fluid.
Advice on skin care varies from one hospital to another. The skin may become red, sore or even raw or blister. You may wash the area gently using an unperfumed soap. I didn't use deodorant but then my rads were in the winter. The staff don't mind people ponging a bit!
Protect your skin from extremes of temperature.
Slap on plenty of aqueous cream.
You will be given advice on all of this.
I found it was great to meet up with people on a daily basis and count down the days until it's all over.
Hi rads gang!
I will shortly be joining you guys, just as soon as I have been promoted from the chemo caners club next month! Anyhoo, following on from my post about 'lotion or cream' I was wondering if anyone had any top tips they could share for those of us rads newbies? It would be great to hear from people that are either having rads now or have had them previously.
Any 'top tips' will be very gratefully received by me and many others I'm sure,
Thanks in advance,