Treatment Of Radiation Burns

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Treatment Of Radiation Burns

by nurseopsusrhs on Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:00 AM

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I started Radiation Treatments for Bilateral Breast Cancer on 10/31/07 and finished on 12/24/07, after 36 treatments. I developed SEVERE Radiation Burns, due to the fact of having such large breasts. I would like to share with all of you the best treatments I have found. I have 3 products that have really helped me in this long ordeal, that is still not over.

1) RadiaKlenz by the Carrington Company - Dermal Wound Cleanser. It is a spray bottle.

2) Domeboro Soaks - Aluminum Acetate Astringent Solution. I was doing them 3 to 4 times a day.

3) Cool Magic Gel Sheets - by MPM Medical Inc. (Web Site: www.mpmmedicalinc.com) Phone: 1-800-232-5512. I have had 2 different sizes, 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 6" x 8". They can be left on up to 3 days, but I had to change mine daily.

If these items only help 1 person, then it was worth the time to share them. I am also a Registered Nurse, 30 years in June, but it is quite different when YOU are the patient.

PLEASE contact me if there are ANY questions I can answer for you.

Jeanie

 

 

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by Leemg on Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Before having radiation several years ago I mentioned to my radiation oncologist that I was concerned because I had such sensitive skin.  She gave me Biafine cream for radiated areas and this helped to keep down the redness.  By the end of my treatments my breast was pink but I avoided the extreme redness and discomfort that goes along with it.

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by nurseopsusrhs on Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 1/28/2008 Leemg wrote:

Before having radiation several years ago I mentioned to my radiation oncologist that I was concerned because I had such sensitive skin.  She gave me Biafine cream for radiated areas and this helped to keep down the redness.  By the end of my treatments my breast was pink but I avoided the extreme redness and discomfort that goes along with it.

Thank you for sharing your care during your radiation treatments. I was instructed also by my radiation oncologist, and used: Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel 4x day from the start of my radiation treatments, which I did.

I want everyone to know that MOST patients do not have severe radiation burns that I had. My problem with the radiation burns was very much due to having such large breasts and folds in the tissues.

I do not want my experience to hinder anyone from deciding to receive radiation treatments. I wanted to help obese patients such as myself, if they find themselves experiencing these same issues, where they can seek treatment.

 

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by denia on Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi Jeanie,

I just joined this forum and saw your post regarding severe radiation burns and the 3 products you recommended. My dr has given me Aqua4 with lidocain and suggested using a combination of water, salt and baking soda to use on my open sores - however, this doesn't seem to be working very well - and I can't stand to touch the area to put on the lidocain compound. I also have very large breasts - had a mastectomy on the right side in June of 07 and have one more week of radiation to go to complete the 34 sessions. They have moved the radiation site in closer to the actual scar tissue, but the open sores are located under neath the flap of skin left for reconstruction. My questions are: 1. where did you get the products? 2. Is there one you feel works better than the others? (I'm leaning toward the spray since I wouldn't have to rub anything on the area), 3. How long did it take your sores to heal? Mine are open sores with white skin around it and gooey in appearance - also has an odor - I'm thinking because they are beneath the skin fold, it will take longer to heal...? I also have a really red burn on my neck where they were targeting lymph nodes which has a sore area - although not the same in appearance as the ones on my breast - which is incredibly burned.

I appreciate your willingness to share and any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Denia/Texas

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by nurseopsusrhs on Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 3/10/2008 denia wrote:

Hi Jeanie,

I just joined this forum and saw your post regarding severe radiation burns and the 3 products you recommended. My dr has given me Aqua4 with lidocain and suggested using a combination of water, salt and baking soda to use on my open sores - however, this doesn't seem to be working very well - and I can't stand to touch the area to put on the lidocain compound. I also have very large breasts - had a mastectomy on the right side in June of 07 and have one more week of radiation to go to complete the 34 sessions. They have moved the radiation site in closer to the actual scar tissue, but the open sores are located under neath the flap of skin left for reconstruction. My questions are: 1. where did you get the products? 2. Is there one you feel works better than the others? (I'm leaning toward the spray since I wouldn't have to rub anything on the area), 3. How long did it take your sores to heal? Mine are open sores with white skin around it and gooey in appearance - also has an odor - I'm thinking because they are beneath the skin fold, it will take longer to heal...? I also have a really red burn on my neck where they were targeting lymph nodes which has a sore area - although not the same in appearance as the ones on my breast - which is incredibly burned.

I appreciate your willingness to share and any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Denia/Texas


Denia,

I have products left over, the Cool Magic Gel Pads (dressings) and the Domeboro Soaks.The items that are sterile. They are in individual sterile packages and you can even show them to your Radiation Oncologist before using them for his approval. The RadiaKlenz Spray, of course cannot be shared. I put in my original message how to obtain them. The Cool Magic Gel Pads were from my hospital and I also ordered them online. The RadiaKlenz can be ordered online also. The Domeboro Soaks can be purchased at a regular pharmacy. Walgreens didn't have it, but overnighted it for me. My Radiation (36) Treatments were from 10/31/07 and last was 12/24/07. I was not completely healed and was able to return to work on 2/11/08. Since I am an RN, I couldn't be in the "hospital setting" with open burns. If you would like to privately e-mail me, I will go back into your question and privately send you my e-mail address. i really hope this helps you.

God Bless You & You Are In My Prayers,

Jeanie

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by nanamaxine on Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am suffering from the radiation burns under the armpit of the left

side. It is oozing,red, and burns like fire. I am using the Silvadene

ointment for a week and cannot see a difference in the burn. I go

back to the doctor on Tuesday and hope he has a better answer

to this problem....

 

Maxine Pettit

 

 

 

 

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by Dlynn1210 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 1/28/2008 Leemg wrote:

Before having radiation several years ago I mentioned to my radiation oncologist that I was concerned because I had such sensitive skin.  She gave me Biafine cream for radiated areas and this helped to keep down the redness.  By the end of my treatments my breast was pink but I avoided the extreme redness and discomfort that goes along with it.

I also used Biafine Topical Emulsion and my brother as well.  We were diagnosed just months apart and we both wound up w/ severe radiation burns.  I found out about the cream from a cancer magazine and asked my oncologist for a prescription.  I told my brother about it but his oncologist had already prescribed it for him.  It worked wonders for both of us but is quite expensive.  I got a large tube .90b and if I remember right it cost $48 at WaL Mart (although it is worth every penny of it when you are burned raw).  It states on the box and the directions that it is for use for radiation dermatitis.  It also instructs not to use it for 4 hours before radiation but I was told not to use any cream prior to radiation.  My oncologist said it rejuvenates the damaged cells. 

Diana 

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by dadaneenee1 on Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:00 AM

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When I started radiation, I started to get very sharp, shooting pains through my breast when the mastectomy scars were.  Funny enough, the area was numb, yet I could feel very, very painful shooting pains at times.  I started using ice to help until I went to my next doctor visit.  My doctor recommended the CoolMagic gel sheets and gave me a few to try.  WOW!  I found that they did not help until I had them on for a good 10-12 hours straight.  But WOW!  Once I realized I needed to keep them on continuously, all of the shooting pain went away and I had minimal irritation or discoloration (burning) on my skin.  I have been very diligent in keeping these on most of the time and my doctor can not believe how well my skin has done.  I have completed 28 full breast and lymph node treatments and I start my 'boost' treatments today for the next 5 days (the boost treatments are concentrated in the are of the tumor only).  I would absolutely swear by these sheets, but only if they are used all night, and all day continuously for several days and used from the first week or two of treatment.  

 

Unfortunately, my doctor's office does not believe in them as much as I do, I suspect because they are not a quick fix and do not give immediate relief.  They have told me that these sheets can not help anything but moisten the skin.  I say, bull.  They have helped me tremendously on not only skin irritation but also the sever shooting pains.  My doctor told me I was going to have to use advil regularly until the radiation effect is over (for the last couple of weeks of radiation), but I have not had to do that as long as I use these sheets.  My advice is, try it out for yourself.  Start at the beginning of treatment and  don't stop until the end.  If you do this, and have anywhere near the pain that the doctors expect you to have, I will be shocked.  The Radiology Oncologist offices carry these in stock.  Just ask them. 

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RE: Treatment Of Radiation Burns

by skyelarmydolly on Mon Jan 10, 2011 07:58 PM

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On Jan 27, 2008 12:00 AM nurseopsusrhs wrote:

I started Radiation Treatments for Bilateral Breast Cancer on 10/31/07 and finished on 12/24/07, after 36 treatments. I developed SEVERE Radiation Burns, due to the fact of having such large breasts. I would like to share with all of you the best treatments I have found. I have 3 products that have really helped me in this long ordeal, that is still not over.

1) RadiaKlenz by the Carrington Company - Dermal Wound Cleanser. It is a spray bottle.

2) Domeboro Soaks - Aluminum Acetate Astringent Solution. I was doing them 3 to 4 times a day.

3) Cool Magic Gel Sheets - by MPM Medical Inc. (Web Site: www.mpmmedicalinc.com ) Phone: 1-800-232-5512. I have had 2 different sizes, 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 6" x 8". They can be left on up to 3 days, but I had to change mine daily.

If these items only help 1 person, then it was worth the time to share them. I am also a Registered Nurse, 30 years in June, but it is quite different when YOU are the patient.

PLEASE contact me if there are ANY questions I can answer for you.

Jeanie

 

 

Thank you Jeanie.I am suffering with severe radiation burns for I to have large breasts. I will try your remedies. how long does it take to heal when it is 2nd, 3rd degree?

RE: Treatment Of Radiation Burns

by jessicacat on Sun May 01, 2011 05:21 AM

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I wish I  could remember what the radiation oncologist recommended for me.  It was an cream that I had to get it at  a pharmacy that could make it for me, and it was used for patients with 3rd degree burns.  I'm sure you doctor would know what to prescribe.  I used it and covered the area with a gauze the hospital supplied that didn't stick to skin.  I had to use it under my breast for about 2 weeks while my skin was healing.  I have large breasts too and I don't know if that made a difference as to how bad I burned, but I am also very fair skinned.  It  took several weeks before that area of my breast burned that badly, and it was raw and took a couple of weeks to heal.  It was very sensitive for a cojple of months afterwards.

 But when they started the treatment for the last week of extra radiation for the area of the cancer it only took a couple of days for it to burn.  I was longer before that healed.  I used vit e on both of these areas after they were healed to help with the scarring and it helped.  I just used one of my vit e that I take and pricked it with a needle and put the oil directly on the areas. 

Hope this helps!!

 

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