Post radiation skin care ques...

  1. My grandmother is recieving radiation therapy to her chest and is starting to get "burned" -I have read up on it and know the basics but was just wondering if you had any suggestions or tips.... thanks!
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  3. by   Kimburly
    It is very important to only apply approved skin care when a person is receiving radiation treatments, so ask your Grandmother's nurse what to use. Many "normal " treatments contain ingredients that will cause further or worsening burns. They make special treatments, such as radia-care gel, which I believe is aloe based. Good luck and best wishes to both of you.
  4. by   renerian
    Didn't the rad onc clinic give her a handout on that? WE always did that.

    wash with warm H20
    preferably without soap
    if you feel you have to use soap try dove/neutrogena
    no perfumes
    do not rub the area even though it may become red, dry, itchy
    avoid tight clothes to the area
    no lotions before any treatment
    ask the rad onc RN/DR about applying aloe vera gel only after rad treatment
    no heating pads or ice packs
    avoid the sun/cover the area
    be aware that for many years afterward if you go into the sun with that area
    unprotected the spot may show up again and is more sensative to damage
    If the skin gets bad they may put her on a rest break/and or prescribe some

    Last but not least ask your Dr. (always the disclaimer)

    Does that help?

  5. by   Loribabble
    Thanks for replying.... I would think she got some kind of hand outs... the radiation was started while she was an in-pt and while she is alert and oriented - she isn't paying much attention to what she is being told. She is now in a re-hab. My mom is her POA and I live about 1 1/2 hours away. My mom is really overwhelmed and is having trouble keeping up with all the info. We really need to have a family conference with the Docs, hospice and grandma - so that at least we all are on the same page....

    sorry - I am babbling again...

    Thanks for the info
  6. by   renerian
    Absolutely a family conference is very important so your all on the same page. Our family picks a spokesperson for the group as well that way the doc or other health care team members call one person and get/give informaiton.


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