Alleviate discomforts

How can I alleviate the discomfort caused by radiotherapy?

The rays produced by radiotherapy can cause skin lesions known as radiodermatitis. Symptoms range from simple redness to severe burns with ulcerations.

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Radiotherapy actually caused burning under my breast. I was on the verge of stopping the treatments when I was advised to try and apply the creams after the radiotherapy sessions.
Isabelle

Our advice

  • Protect the treated area from sunlight.
  • Use suitable products for your everyday skin care routine.
  • Use emollient creams after the radiotherapy session, never beforehand.
  • Do not apply any greasy substance within 4 hours of the radiation treatment.
  • Apply an emollient cream as soon as you begin radiotherapy, before you start to suffer from radiodermatitis.

Did you know?

  • Irradiated skin is more fragile and prone to bruising, as well as being more sensitive, even after the end of radiotherapy treatment.
  • When radiotherapy is associated with certain chemotherapies, the appearance of radiodermatitis is more common.
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