Good evening ladies and gents,
Follwing chemo, lumpectomy and 9 lymph node removal back in June now, started radio only another 16 to go (not that im counting) I was recommended Aveno cream for my boob and scaring and organic Aloe Vera for sore bingo wing (which i keep in the fridge) I found both work well for me when applied after shower and before bedtime.
I hope you all can find some relief in your recovery. Sending bigs hugs x
After i had my mapping (ct) done, i had a breast care nurse appoint and they explained the need for moisturizer etc, they actually supplied me 3 tubes of aqueus cream. i would have a shower in the morning - they recommended dove soap, no deodrants or creams until after rads and the apply aqueus as many times as i liked.. the more the better. I also stored a tube in the fridge to relieve the hot feeling. After rads, i've still been using dove soap.. my sister found a natural salt crystal deodrant - sounds mad but it works great with my chemicals or anything and i use the aqueus 3 times a day. I did have skin break and again they supplied all creams and dressings.. was solugel for the skin breaks
I know I'm a bit late contributing to this, but I've just finished 20 rads & although didn't start using E45 till about 3 or 4 rads in, I found it to be excellent, not greasy, recommended by my hospital and my skin has held up well. Also used pure organic Aloe Vera which I keep in the fridge and used right at the end of rads when boob started feeling a bit hot. I think everyone's different so what works for some won't necessarily work for others.
Hope this helps. 😀
Hello Janey 2. I'm just starting radiotherpay. what cream did you end up using? How did you find the treatment?
Biafine is the same as Xclair and you don't need a prescription. Details here:
I got aqueous cream from my GP which seemed to be just as good as the more expensive creams. And it doesn't have lanolin which it turns out I was allergic to so that was another bonus! x
A bit late but thought this may be useful for anyone else reading through.
I'm 5 days in and have been using Aloe Gel, Dr.Organic brand.
It's on the suggested/recommended list that Barts give and have no problems with it. I take some in a small pot and put it in straight after treatment.E45 and Aveno are on there as well as others.
I can list them all if anyone's interested?
I used Aveno. Keep it in the fridge the oatmeal moisturiser sinks into the tender areas. Also for the heat and hot spots under the breast after radiation is finished ask for flamazine.
Phew, too hot outside for me today, hence why I'm wittering away on here. This site has saved my sanity many times since diagnosis, there is always someone around to help and there is never anything you shouldn't ask/say/feel. Long waits are hard as the mind works overtime and you just want to get on with it. Good luck with your op and happy homes under the hammer time.
Hello Janey - wow you are organised. Well done to you though. I finished my rads early July last year after 2 WLE & luckily no chemo, but now taking anastrozole. It's all a bit of a blur now, but just to say good luck to you with all your treatments - sounds as though you've already had a difficult time, but you got through it all as you will with this. Big hugs.
Oh yes control makes such a difference. Drinking plenty of water was advised during radiotherapy which I tried to do.
Good luck with all of your treatment. Xx
I was told to only use aqueous cream, not E45. I had a slight touch of 'sunburn' towards the end of the 15 sessions, but nothing too painful.
It looks like different hospitals have different ideas on the subject.
Yes, Janey2, I did and it was brilliant. The nurses said to use whatever cream I already used - but I don't really use anything. I did try it out before I started rads, just in case I was allergic to it. Friend gave me an aloe vera plant as she had been there, done that, and also said to drink diet coke - something about free radicals and electrolytes, humph, can't remember now as it was last year! There were aloe vera plants on display in the hospital, so told them I was using that - they were perfectly happy. Found the gel so soothing - did have to wait until I got back home though which was an hour's drive, but slathered it on as soon as I could. I had no problems at all - my skin is a bit oily but I do burn in the sun, don't know what difference that might make. Ooh, just remembered I also used Salisbury hospitals My Sunflower cream as well, think it's available on line. I wish you good luck with your rads - would love to know if the aloe plant works for you.
Hi - I have just finished 15 sessions of radiotherapy and luckily had no skin problems at all. I mentioned aloe vera and was advised not to use it by the radiographers. This was the general advice issued by my hospital (the Beatson in Glasgow). I used Aveeno for my arm and am now using for my breast area and it is really good. Good luck with the radiotherapy. Best wishes. Jill x
Hi JenJen I used E45 as the basic moisturiser, but I'm sure Aveeno would also be fine, then Ralife cream when it got more sore xx
Hi Deb I finished my radiotherapy last Friday & I started off using aqueous cream - as recommended - but switched to e45 which I found less greasy. I didn't have much of a problem with my skin thankfully. A deodorant I was recommended as well is pitrok which doesn't contain any aluminium. Plus drink plenty of water as this helps ward off tiredness. Hope some of this helps. All the best x
Hi, I am due to start radiotherapy in a few weeks time and have been given a list of suitable creams to start to use. The names I have are Epaderm, Diprobase, Aquamax, Cetraben. I have heard of others like Aveeno? and E45 - Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated. D