Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses X-rays to destroy cancer cells and shrink malignant tumors. Radiation therapy is effective on many different types of cancer.
A common side effect is a skin condition called radiation dermatitis, also known as X-ray dermatitis or radiation burns. Concentrated exposure to radiation causes painful, red marks on the skin. Nearly two-thirds of people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Of those people, roughly 85 percent experience moderate-to-severe skin reactions that typically occur within the first two weeks of the treatment. Unfortunately, these reactions can last for several years after the radiation therapy is complete.
During radiation treatment, concentrated X-ray beams pass through the skin and produce irradiated free radicals. This causes:
• tissue damage
• DNA damage
• inflamed skin (affects both the epidermis and dermis, or outer and inner layers of skin)
As radiation treatment continues, the skin doesn’t have enough time between doses to heal. Eventually, the affected area of skin breaks down. This causes pain, discomfort, and rashes.
Support for Radiation Dermatitis
It is important to work with your health care professional when dealing with radiation dermatitis. With the right approach, this side effect can be reduced or eliminated. The best method is often to combine topical and oral treatment options.
The topical application of our advanced product Recovery, abundant in S²RM® molecules, will help with the symptoms of radiation dermatitis. Follow Recovery with our Intensive Moisturizer and apply as often as needed to calm the skin.
Along with the appropriate topical products, patients receiving radiation therapy should be advised to avoid sun exposure by covering the treated area with protective clothing or chemical free sunscreen. Avoid topical skin irritants, such as perfumes, deodorants, and alcohol-based lotions, and don’t scratch of the affected area.
Condition Treated: Burns from Proton Radiation Treatment for:
1) New Breast Cancer-Intraductal Carcinoma in the left breast following Mastectomy (2017);
2) Reoccurrence after 16 years of Breast Cancer-Intraductal Carcinoma in the right breast tissue (2017); and
3) Treatment of Axillary Lymph Nodes on right and left.
A total of 33 treatments of proton radiation were received between Aug 2017 and Sept 2017. As noted above, this was her second bout with breast cancer. The first occurred in 2001 and was also Intraductal Carcinoma in the right breast. She underwent two lumpectomies followed by a mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy.
Other Products Used Prior to NeoGenesis: DN was provided with Aquaphor healing ointment for use from the Proton Center. As her skin became more burned she applied Walgreens Sensitive Skin Aloe Vera After Sun Gel to sooth her skin. There was more burned skin over the weeks of treatment, so the doctor added Walgreens Pain Relieving Gel (Topical Analgesic with Lidocaine and Menthol). Cetaphil moisturizing cream was also added as an alternative after a few weeks for the Aquaphor.
“I hope this finds you well and that NeoGenesis is thriving. Would it be possible to get some more Recovery, Skin Serum, and Moisturizer? They really seem to be helping with the radiation reaction redness and sensitivity. I had a facial today and the therapist commented that she saw major improvements over the last time (about 4 months ago), including reduced actinic keratosis on my nose. I attribute that to the NeoGenesis products, since they are what I am using.” ~ RS
“With a 2nd degree burn from a chemical peel, I was desperate for relief. Unfortunately, a plastic surgeon recommended a peel just 2 weeks prior to radiation. The peel was on my chest adjacent to my cancer, on my breast. The Recovery by NeoGenesis provided immediate relief. The blisters repaired and the skin smoothed out. The redness has dissipated and I am still seeing improvement. I am also using the Recovery serum on my breast and I am into the 9th day of radiation and not showing signs of redness. I plan to use the serum throughout radiation to prevent blistering and scarring.” ~ DW
Product: NeoGenesis Recovery
“Externally I suffer from severely burned facial and neck skin (I call it “mother of all laser peels”). About a year ago, I have had the brief opportunity to use some of the NeoGenesis skin serum and facial moisturizer, both of which really seemed to help with the residual redness of the skin on my face and neck. Both areas were still extremely sensitive and red after almost 7 years. Not anymore.” ~ RS