Hello, I am due to commence radiation (35 treatments in 7 weeks) plus chemo. The radiation is on my tonsils, tongue, palate and some small nodes in neck. I understand there will be burning to the skin. Can I please have recommendations for what to put on my 56 year old skin during this time? I am happy to buy something but have no idea where to start. (The pharmacy aisle is too overwhelming). Thanks for any tips.
I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing today?
Was there a nurse at your place of treatment that spoke to you or is going to speak to you about what lies ahead? The nurse will recommend you get something soothing and gentle for your skin for example: sorbolene, aloe vera or paw paw creams.
You should be able to see the nurse at any time - you can also ask your radiation therapist to make an appointment for you if you need to. You may also want to enquire about using a mouthwash as your treatment progresses.
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When I did mine, I agreed to a clinical trial of a new skin cream (this was 3 years ago), I'm so sorry but I can't remember the product they were trialling but they wanted to prove that it statistically improved outcomes with regard to radiation burns and dermatitis.
About as useful as a concrete soccer ball, I am.
I don't actually know if it works or not, because I got the control group and was given sorbalene only .. and it was AWFUL, I had to quit the trial because the sorbalene gave no relief to some really nasty burns
BUT, this is where I may have something of use, and it might be cheaper and more accessible than this other stuff anyway:
It's an off the shelf skin-care product, natural ingredients. When I had pain and stretchy, leathery skin from the radiation and needed to go off the sorbalene one of the senior nurses recommended MOO GOO and it was really good for relief. Rub it on generously, cover with a thick dressing, and your neck feels a bit better while it's healing up.
Thank you for helpful advice. A nurse also tol me Moogoo, bu didn’t say where to buy it. I have been googling chemist warehouse etc but no luck so far. I am sure I will find it eventually. Cheers
I was given a gift pack containing samples of Moo Goo products when I started treatment and I wasn't overly impressed. You can order them directly from the Moo Goo website, though, and it's free shipping for orders over $80.
Another range of products which is often recommended by patients and healthcare workers is E45. Chemist Warehouse does stock that - I just bought the cream.
Hey Hey - I can say firsthand moo goo provides relief and it doesn't sting or anything when applied. My severe burns really hurt when putting on basic stuff like sorbalene.
If you don't want to shop online, check the hospital pharmacy. If they have a radiation oncology ward, then they probably have a pharmacy that has moogoo on the shelf. (RBWH did). That's the best tip I can think of anyway, sorry if it doesn't yield fruit.
I agree, Moogoo has been great for me! If I was you I'd order online and order the 1 litre tubs. The Milk Wash is lovely and gentle, but cleansing and the Skin Milk Udder Cream is beautifully moisturizing. I use the code "livelovenourish" and get 15% off online. They do have a chemo pack that is good too.
Another natural brand I love is Weleda, they have a cream called Skin Food. It's super thick, if you find you need something stronger. But it is a bit more expensive.
Good luck with your treatment!
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