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Skin care during/after radiotherapy

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Re: Skin care during/after radiotherapy

Hi there, 

Hope it all goes well for you. 

My scar seeped a little about 4 weeks after surgery. It went red in a small area, about 1 cm, and some clear yellow fluid came out. It took about a week to clear. The radiotherapy seemed to help it to dry up. 

I’m now 3 weeks post RT and still have a few blisters between my breasts and underneath the affected one. They only came out a few days ago, but already healing. I’m using hydrogel and the Actiformcool dressings in the day and leaving them open at night. Still slapping Aveeno on whenever I can. I hope it will be resolved in a few more days. 

Good luck with your therapy. I found it quite an interesting process. 

Take care and sending a hug 

.... K x 

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Re: Skin care during/after radiotherapy

Hi Liza, 

Not many to go for you now. 

I got the dressings from the nurse at the radiotherapy dept. The radiographer gave me a couple to start with and then the nurse gave me several. I went back when my underarm was sore and she gave me enough for a couple of weeks. My underarm is fine now, but several blisters have arrived on my sternum, between my breasts and underneath too. The gel dressings are helping a lot, but hard to keep in place. It doesn’t look bad at all, just red and blotchy, but it is really sore. I was surprised that they appeared so long after the therapy had ended (3 weeks after last treatment) but they are on the mend now. I’m able to wear a bra again too, which make me feel more back to normal. Looking forward to getting back to the gym. 

Hope it helps and sending a hug

..... K x 

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Re: Skin care during/after radiotherapy

Thanks for the advice Kaytem, that’s great. I am going in for No.10 of 15 today; no side effects so far although my skin looks a bit darker. I am moisturising but will remember to do under my arm! Did you get the Actiformcool dressings from the chemist? 

Hope all the major stuff done for you now. Liza

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Re: Skin care during/after radiotherapy

Hi there ,

Thanks for the info, that's really helpful . I start rads hopefully on the 2nd July ! I say hopefully as have noticed a slight weeping of pus ( sorry hate that word ) coming from my reconstructed breast which I had done seven weeks ago ! Hoping to see the breast reconstruction nurse today to check it all out , 

Hope that you are now on the road to recovery xxx 

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Skin care during/after radiotherapy

Hi there, 

I just wanted to share some advice for anyone starting radiotherapy soon. 

I finished 15 sessions 2 weeks ago and was supported wonderfully by the RT team at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. 

My skin is very fair but held up really well during the treatments. I used Aveeno cream religiously and drank lots of water and herbal teas. Just after the last treatment I did get some small sore blisters on my sternum. I used the Actiformcool dressings, which helped enormously. The pain just melted away when the dressings were in place. The skin on my underarm peeled badly and I wish that I had taken more care to moisturise that area. Again the actiform dressings came to the rescue held in place with an amazing large foam plaster with low tack adhesive. My armpit was very red and sore, but it was completely healed in 4 days. I was so worried that it would take weeks, but it calmed down and healed so quickly. 

I hope that this information will reassure anyone who has similar issues. 

Take lots of care out there xxxx