Comfort During Cancer – Radiation Burn Relief – Lots To Live For Cancer Side Effect Solutions
By Margot Malin, CEO and President of Lots To Live For, Inc.
The beginning of a cancer treatment journey can be overwhelming. It is emotional and there is so much new information to absorb, and so many unknowns to research.
The beginning of a series of radiation oncology treatments may be just one piece of the overall protocol. Below we share some tips to help you through treatment.
Radiation oncology can cause a number of side effects. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with them before you start so that you can be well prepared. The most common side effect is radiation dermatitis – a condition where the skin of the treated area becomes red and irritated. Typical symptoms of radiation burns and radiation dermatitis include dryness, redness, itching, swelling, and possibly a rash. In addition, radiation can cause hair loss, desquamation (wet or dry), edema and/or ulcerations. Sometimes the side effects of treatment become so severe that treatment must be discontinued until the skin heals. Unfortunately, interruption can compromise treatment.
Dermatologic issues and related discomfort can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. Quality of life issues are important because they affect a patients ability to complete daily tasks and on a broader scale, affect overall emotional health and well being during treatment. A positive outlook and frame of mind can ease the cancer journey and discomfort can certainly be a damper on outlook.
Click here for a few simple tips for skin care during radiation treatment. Please consult your oncology team for more though medical advice and recommendations.