Radiation therapy is one of the best ways to treat breast cancer. However, just like with any cancer treatment, there are a few side effects including skin sensitivity and irritation. To help your skin more comfortable during and after radiation, use these following tips.
Consider Your Bra
While you are undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer, the skin around on and around your breasts can be very irritated— making wearing a bra be beyond uncomfortable. If your skin is especially raw, try avoiding a bra altogether. If you need to wear a bra to work or out in public, choose one without underwire in it because this can exacerbate the issue.
Keep It Moisturized
As soon as you start radiation treatment, start moisturizing your skin immediately afterward with moisturizing creams like Eucerin, Radiacare, or Aquaphor. Also, try to apply one of these creams to your breasts every night before you go to bed. Remember that the more moisturized your skin is, the more comfortable you will be.
Get a Steroid Cream
As you continue your radiation treatment, the itchiness and irritation on your skin may worsen which will make over-the-counter moisturizers no longer helpful. Ask your oncologist about prescribing you with a steroid cream which should help you find some relief when other creams aren’t helpful.
Keep Out of the Sun
Even though it’s August, make sure that you are keeping out of the sun. Radiation therapy makes your skin more sensitive and prone to burning which can cause extreme redness and even blistering. When going outside, make sure to wear a shirt that covers enough of your skin to avoid exposure.
To help you stay more comfortable during and after your radiation therapy, try using the skin care tips listed above. To learn more about breast cancer radiation treatment or how to stay more comfortable during radiation, contact UTMB Radiology today to schedule an appointment!