Hi I finished 25 radiation treatments 10 days ago and this is how I am helping myself get through it. TREATMENT I was told about a product called MooGoo which I used after my shower in the morning and in the evening and straight after the radiation treatment. When the burn started to show the doctors advised to use cortisone cream 1% to help with the itching. I used it for a day and stopped after I found out that it can thin the skin. This was the last thing I wanted to happen as I didnt want the skin to break and have more damage. The next thing I thought about was a trick I use when I get a little sunburn PawPaw ointment. I would put this on after I use the MooGoo at night (Its quite sticky and always wore things I was worried about disposing of) when the skin broke I started to use Intrasite Gel. The Gel on the broken skin and MooGoo everywhere else with Mepilex Lite bandages. The MepilexLite bandages stick to the skin with a type of suction caused by the foam and you dont have to use plaster; they also dont stick to your skin and peal away gently. The Sunday after I finished my treatments I had an enormous amount of pain under my arm and through the front of my chest where I had the Mastectomy. I took Panadol and when I visited the radiation clinic on the Tuesday they prescribed me with Endone. This was last Tuesday and since then the pain comes and goes but its normally always there and I am in bed or sitting on the couch not doing much. During the treatment the nurses were happy with my progression and said that my skin looked good and I saw others doing treatment that looked way worst than me (but cant say what stage the were at or how many treatment they had). I now use Intrasite Gel on the broken skin areas and MooGoo on all other areas. I then use Pawpaw Ointment over the MooGoo and then spread Sudocrem (a Zinc cream) over a gauze (Atraiman) and put this over badly affected areas. Using a thick cloth (chux cloth type) I cut this to size and place over the whole area and then use a stretchy singlet to keep it all in place. My daily routine now is get out of bed drink a large glass of water. Shower using lots of Dove bodywash over the area that has the gels and creams on it. I don’t rub hard, just enough to remove the creams and then some physahex (antiseptic wash) pat dry and then go through the routine of putting all of the gel creams and ointments on again. I also take photos everyday of the radiation; this just lets me see the progression. I repeat this at night before I go to bed. NIUTRITION I had read up about skin nutrition and made sure I was eating plenty of eggs (4 each day (2 for breakfast and 2 for lunch) and 1 avocado per day. I also take supliments vitamins C, Tumeric, Magnesium, L-lysine and an amino acid called L-proline. I make sure I eat heaps of vegie and fruit and drink at least 2 litres of water per day. I don't drink any alcohol...this cannot be good for staying completely hydrated. This post is an insite to what I have done to get me through the treatment. It may not be the best for others and make sure youre body is compatable and doesnt have any reactions to the items I have used above in the post.
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