After a few weeks of treatment, you may notice some changes in the skin within the treatment area. Radiation tends to change the oil and sweat glands, causing dryness of the skin. The skin may become red, dry and flaky. These skin changes are normal and will improve gradually in the weeks after you end your treatment.
* REPORT ANY CHANGES IN YOUR SKIN TO THE RADIATION THERAPIST. *
TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN, WE SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING:
- AVOID sun exposure to the irradiated area.
- DO NOT apply heat (NO hot water bottles, heating pads or Jacuzzis) or use cold packs (NO ice bags) directly on the irradiated skin.
- DO NOT shave or scratch the treated part of your skin.
- Try to AVOID wearing tight clothes that may rub and irritate the treated skin area (For example: Pantyhose, tight jeans, bras, starched collars, etc.)
- DO NOT use fragranced or strong scented soaps for bathing the treated area. If possible, use lukewarm water and your hand instead of a washcloth to clean the area. Cetaphil is recommended for sensitive skin. DO NOT SCRUB THE SKIN.
- DO NOT use deodorants or perfumes on the treated area.
- PLEASE USE A NON-SCENTED LOTION TO HELP KEEP THE SKIN FROM GETTING DRY AND ITCHY. You may use your favorite cream as long as it does not contain too much alcohol or perfume. Please look at the content label. If you are uncertain about your choice, bring the container in for the therapist/doctor to review. Apply the cream at least twice a day, in the morning and in the evening before you go to bed. It is recommended that the creams be applied more than twice a day to reduce the amount of reaction that may occur. HOWEVER, DO NOT APPLY ANYTHING TO YOUR SKIN 1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TREATMENT.
* We will be watching your skin closely and may inform you of different creams to use as the reaction varies. *