I have 13 sessins of rads so far only two more to go whoo hoo. I used simple soap, advised by rads department for washing. A friend who had a masectomy brought me an aloe vera plant. you cut off a bit of one of the leaves, look for plump ones. split the leaf open and inside is pure aloe vera. I rubbed this on before and after treatment. I also moisturise at night. No burning or soreness at all. Tried to leave bra off as much as possible (when not going out) lol.
Hi Ellies, I also moisturised, particularly my scars, with bio oil as that's what bcn advised for scars. I had to switch to acqueous cream during rads. Also keeping up with the exercises is a good idea. I didn't and got a stiff shoulder towards the end, so wished I had! Make sure you have some dark coloured bras as they use marker pen on you every day (to write over the tatoos so they can see them clearly) and it rubs off on your clothes. At my planning session they also gave me a list with some 'safe' deodorants on it. You are not supposed to shave underarms during rads (but I did at the weekends because I was sure I had smelly pits). If you are going to be exposed to the sun when travelling there you might want to think about what tops you will wear. I got a square of 'sunburn', the corner which peeked out of my v-necks you wouldn't want that to be exposed to the sun this time of year. Elaine
I was also told there was nothing I could do to help beforehand, but like Jaye, I moisturized at least twice a day in the weeks running up to my RT.
I also practiced my exercises more so that I would have no problems with my arm being above and behind my head for a while.
I've just finished 15 rads a couple of weeks ago.
I creamed for a couple of weeks before I started, I used aqueous cream but some use E45 also.
Not sure if it helped but I didn't burn with rads, was a bit sore towards the end but skin held up pretty good.
I think it is worth doing - it did also help my op scars.
Hi Ladies, i start 18 sessions of radiotherapy on 8th July ,i am taking Anastrozole (i think thats how its spelt),when i went to be marked up for the radiotherapy i asked if there was anything i could do before treatment begins, to help,they sad no,but i'm sure i've read on this forum that it helps if you use E45 or something beforehand ,Has anyone got any tips please? Love Ellies x