pat powell

Hi can anyone recommend a moisturiser for the soreness after radiotherapy and a shower soap. Will be starting radiotherapy next week and want to be prepared. Thank you for letting me join and share problems on here.

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  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Patsypow

    Hello Pat, welcome to the community, you are very welcome here, I hope you find it a source of support and encouragement.

    When I had radiotherapy I was advised to use a fragrance free soap and conditioner on my skin, as they are less harsh than perfumed ones.

    I found Clinique body wash good and I also used Clinique moisturiser. Some found the Simple products good too. The main thing is to be diligent in using the moisturiser and if you notice ‘sun burn’ (very probable) let the nurses know, and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t become worse.

    Please come and join in on any conversations, everyone is very friendly.

    Chat soon,

    Lou x

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you Lou, that is very helpful. I will have a look tomorrow and get supplies in. Glad I found this site.

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Patsypow

    Welcome to our community full of lovely people who like to chat and support one another.

    I had radiotherapy in my pelvic area and I had a degree of soreness and discomfort. I was advised to use Dermol 500 as a moisturiser and soap substitute.

    I stiil use it in the shower. It does not foam or lather but it applies easily and I am very happy with it.

    Rob x

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you RobertA, I have some of that in my bathroom. I will dust off the tub in readiness..they also said after treatment I would hav damage to Boswell, stomach and kidneys. Were you told this? Patsypow x

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Meant bowell

  • CovpollyCovpolly Posts: 1

    Hi just finished radiotherapy and was sore I used QV wash and lotion . This was prescribed by my gp.

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Patsypow

    Hi Pat

    My radiotherapy was directed at my prostate so kidneys and stomach probably not in the firing line.

    I was told that I might have issues with my bowel and bladder and I certainly needed to lurk near a toilet in relation to both, for several weeks during and after treatment. That was two and a half years ago. I still carry a special ‘urgent’ card to show should I suddenly get caught short but everything has settled down and I do not have any lingering side effects.

    I hope that you will not find it too tiring. Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.

    Rob x

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you so much, the help and advice has been brilliant. I feel a lot more prepared and less anxious. I will certainly keep in touch with the group, it’s nice to know you can talk to others who do understand x

  • PattilouPattilou Posts: 1

    Hi patsy I'm over my breast cancer since last year and the R,, T. clinic will probably give you some aqueous cream to use if not it is cheap to buy or ask your GP good luck with your therapy take care xx

  • jacksjacks Posts: 4

    Hi @Patsypow

    I used Aveeno for my moisturiser, it really helped. For showering I used Sanex and their roll on deodorant. I still use it today as it’s so soft and gentle on skin. I hope all goes well for you x

  • IyaIya Posts: 2

    Hi Patsy

    I had radiation to the left groin area for lymphoma cancer. My sister in law gave me little ice packs in the shape of a pig, smiley face and ladybug that I kept in the freezer, ready to use. Not only were they whimsical and colorful, they worked well helping soothe the radiated skin. I used a sensitive skin wash and a very light moisturizer, but the little ice packs were my saving grace.

    My thoughts are with you.

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you it’s, that is a great idea. I keep small ice packs for when the grandkids hurt themselves. Definitely one to try. Hope your ok now, will be glad when this is over. X

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭

    @Patsypow

    Hi Patsy,

    Just to say, thinking of you as you have started your radiotherapy treatment, I hope your first session went ok. The lining up and getting you in the right position takes the longest, the actual 'zapping' is quite quick. I hope it is that way for you too.

    Chat soon,

    Lou x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13

    @Patsypow

    Hello Patsy, i live in australia. We have a product here called Moo Goo - Radiation Treatment Cream ( weird name) it is made specifically for radiation. I hope you can get it there.

    I had bottles of it at home-at work and in my little kit i took each day for the radiation treatment. When i was finished each treatment and before getting dressed i would slather it on. Then before i went to work each day. If i started to feel heat in the area, i would zip to the ladies and slather more on. Then when i got home, before bed...the only thing i didn't do was drink it🤣🤣🤣

    The relief was just wonderful, believe me. I went through heaps of it but Patsy i never got burnt. Not a burn at all. I only use a goat soap and i do not need deoderant at the moment after the radiation as it stops the glands from functioning.

    My specialist said this will be ok after a few more years.

    I hope if you have started your radiation it is going ok. I do have to admit that first 3 to 4 days were a little too much emotionally. I know that once i was set up and i was in the room by myself (and you cant move ofcourse,) quite a few tears would slide down the sides of my face. So dont worry because we end up being troopers at it💖💖 and take it in our stride.

    By the end of 7 full weeks i was so sad to leave the team of receptionist, nurses and radiographers. They were all so wonderful and caring. However i was pleased my daily visits were over. I worked fulltime all the way through....not sure how i did it when i look back 😨😨 but we all seem to find a very strong inner fight that we didnt know we had.

    I will put a wonderful meme up for you. It is my motto now. Always listen to your body as you will get very tired as we all do with radiation.

    Lots of hugs to you Patsy....you've got this 💖💖💖💖

    Margy 💖💖💖


  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb @Patsypow

    Hi Margy and Patsy

    What a lovely helpful post Margy and I know what you mean about saying goodbye to the lovely caring people at the radiotherapy centre. The staff were so kind and caring. We wrote a letter of thanks when we got home and they were thrilled by that and rang up to thank us back, if that makes any sense.

    Radiotherapy is not available in our little island so Mary and I flew to the UK and stayed in an apartment near the hospital in Cambridge. All of my sessions were in the morning and so we were able to enjoy the lovely historic City in the afternoons.

    I did get very tired and had to be fairly close to a toilet after the first couple of weeks but the radiotherapy was not the worst thing and knowing that it is making you better is a great incentive.

    Wow, you carried on working Margy, that is amazing. We were lucky inasmuch as we were retired and so there was no work pressure.

    All the best to you Patsy. You can do this and we are all with you along the way.

    Rob x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 13

    @RobertA

    @Patsypow

    @Sunshine15

    Hello Everyone

    How are you all today? Yes i loved my team at Oncolgy .

    I had to have 2 operations in 6 days😨😨 so i had 10 off and then back to work😁😁😁

    Just a special type of people. I had all of mine in the afternoon around 4.30. I would go, drive home, have a cup of soup and fall into bed 💖💖💖💖

    I was the Manager of a Newspaper and my staff were the best people in the world. I loved them and still do. They would set me up each morning with a coffee and then run around looking after me all day. I could not have survived without them. My gratitude towards them is unlimited.

    I have retired now but i still talk daily to them and we catch up all the time. My PA actually works with my son Beau, at the ATO ( Australian Tax Office )so i see her every week. Words cannot explain how i feel for my staff. I retired 2 years ago now and i miss them all terribly.

    There are truely beautiful people in this world, and i was so lucky to have worked with a small group who would encourage me to keep going.💖💖 no matter what.

    We all have a resilience that makes us go the extra mile.

    We've got this

    Cheers

    Margy 💖

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Hi everyone, just finished my for week of R T. Thanks to all the wonderful people on here and at the RT I felt so much calmer and I wasn’t frightened. The helpful suggestions on here has meant I am prepared. Yes we got this. Lots of love to you all xpatsypow

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Meant first not for

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 259 mod

    @Patsypow

    Hi Patsy,

    One week down! Brilliant! I am so glad you had peace going into it and you felt calmer and more prepared. I hope you have a peaceful, restful weekend.

    Take care,

    🤗

    Lou x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 439 ✭✭✭✭

    @Patsypow

    Hi Patsy

    Great news. Onwards and upwards.👍

    Rob x

  • PatsypowPatsypow Posts: 10

    Thank you RobA xx

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