One of the cruelest things about having cancer, aside from the cancer itself, is how physically traumatic the treatment of it can also be. Unfortunately, over 50% of breast and other cancer patients will require Cancer Radiation therapy throughout the course of their treatments.*At issue is that radiation therapy destroys both cancerous and noncancerous cells where it is applied, which often results in a variety of noticeable, irritable and painful skin damage. Sometimes, depending on its severity, the doctor may give the skin time to heal by postponing further therapy for a time. Patients should also consult with their oncologists on which attire to wear, as well as on which skin care products and scents are okay to use, over the entirety of the process.*
It’s very important that any of the skin damage that occurs from Cancer Radiation is not allowed to become infected, as it would make matters worse. If this should ever relate to you, your doctor, nurse and radiation oncologist will be able to discuss with you what you may expect to experience. And also provide you with various medicines to help deal with this unfortunate side effect to the treatment.
Although a patient’s skin will begin to recover shortly after he or she has finished with radiation therapy, it could take up to six months or more to return to normal. And in some instances signs of it will remain for years afterward. Though not dangerous, if these remnants of the treatment appear unsightly to the afflicted person, it is possible that they might be able to be removed by a dermatologist.*
Breastcancer.org suggests that quitting smoking may help the healing process of the patient’s skin. That’s always a good idea anyway, of course; as quitting tobacco use can help anyone greatly improve his or her health regardless.
*Sources: curetoday.com and breastcancer.org
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