YES!!!! It really does work! I had a very sore nipple during radiotherapy, and was somewhat surprised when the lady treating me one day suggested cabbage leaves. She said to keep the cabbage in the fridge so it was really cold. Well we had no cabbage in the garden but we did have broccoli, so I used that, and it was AMAZING! It felt so nice and cool, even fresh from the garden on a hot day, and moulded very intimately to my contours. Over the course of the day the leaf changed from fleshy to tissue paper, and had to be peeled off at bedtime (it didn't stick), but it meant that my clothes just glided over it with no soreness on my skin. And it's cheap and has no side effects apart from a slight cabbagey aroma wafting out of the neckline of whatever you wear. DO IT!!
I also moisturised religiously starting a few days before and going on for a couple of weeks afterwards.
Afternoon Dana 1.
This is the first time i have noticed the cabbage thread relating to Rads or bc care so can't comment on whether it will be helpful but i do know it has an anti inflammatory / cooling effect when used in the treatment of Gout. An elderly relative of mine used it to succesfully treat Gout.
It would be interesting to know how you get on if you do decide to use it.
I used to apply aqueous cream 3/4 times per day before, during and after rads. I am now 12 weeks Post Rads (August 2013) and found the skin / muscle did tighten slightly but i have been having physio / massage stretching the skin for the last 6 weeks. I think it's fair to say my skin is back to normal and the scar (mx June 2013) has held up really well. I am currently using Almond oil daily to keep skin supple.
Good Luck with the rads. Gilly x
Been reading in this forum about remedies to help whilst going through Radiation treatment, start mine Mid August.
Had a thought..... Would a cabbage leaf that has been in the freezer for a few minutes applied to the breast help with any RADS after effects. I did do this after childbirth to help with engorged breasts.
Done some Googling and found....
"Extensive modern research largely confirms its ancient use in folk medicine, and it has been shown to stimulate the immune system and the production of antibodies. Its sulfur compounds are largely responsible for its antiseptic, antibiotic, and disinfectant actions"