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dryness after radiation treatment
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11/04/2009 20:59
LubaM. 
11/04/2009 20:59
LubaM. 
dryness after radiation treatment

I am going to have radiation on my left hand by Dr. T. at Scripps LaJolla starting Novovember 9. I read on this forum that one possible side effect of radiation is dry skin in the area radiated. In preparation, I bought a cream that contains 20% urea (somewhere I remember reading that that is the right cream to use). Any suggestions from anyone who has gone through radiation as to what to use, and how to use it....thank you.

11/04/2009 23:56
flojo 
11/04/2009 23:56
flojo 
Re: dryness after radiation treatment

I had RT with Dr. T. I had very little dryness and only on the outside edges of my palm and the web between thumb and forefinger. I was using lanolin on my hands long before RT because I have very dry skin. I found Lansinoh grand lanolin at Rite Aide Pharmacy in the section for breastfeeding mothers (Trust me, I'm far from needing it for that purpose!) That's all I used. There was slight peeling after about 3 weeks and that was gone within a week. I doubt you'll have any problem.

Good luck! I hope Rt is as effective for you as it has been for me.

11/05/2009 13:32
lori 
11/05/2009 13:32
lori 
Re: dryness after radiation treatment

I have a little dryness at the radiated site. The doctor's office gave me Radiagel #CRR106042 to use during the process, it is designed for use during radiation because it does not remove the lines. It works wonderfully. You can also get it online. I like it because it also works when I have minor pain. I use Aloe Vera for every day use and that does a great job. The dryness is not noticable except to me and is nothing worse that your hands might look like in the winter.

Regards,

Lori

11/07/2009 08:47
newman 
11/07/2009 08:47
newman 

Re: dryness after radiation treatment

Hi LubaM Australia Calling.The advantage of Urea is that it helps retain moisture in the skin. The 20% is on the high side but it wont be detremental. You will find that Dr Scholls German Firm (for feet) use this dose ,which helps remove the dry skin on the heel etc. They recommend using it for 7 days. The creme I was recommended by Prof Seegenschmiedt in Germany was 4%. In Oz an of the shelf product contained 10% which I use from time to time. I used the creme each day during the treatment and found after 14 days there was a slight peeling of dry skn within the treated area. The fact is most men dont use enough hand creme. Hope this helps. Regards

Edited 11/07/09 10:49

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