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shirts - what is most comfortable to wear for neck irritation from radiation?

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susan0803
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Hi,
My husband is starting his second week of treatment (1 chemo down, 28 rads to go).

For his neck, he already started using the aquaphor (or axle grease as he likes to call it) religously. I also bought him calendula and aloe if that starts to work better.

However, the collars on his shirts, and even his t-shirts are irritating.

Does anyone have a suggestion for what men's shirts have worked for anyone here? I was thinking maybe to get him some hospital shirts like the nurses and doctors wear? Not sure where you would get them, or if something else (like with a softer material) would work better?

Thanks in advance.
Suzanne

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Skiffin16
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For me I chose to wear loose tank tops, or similar to what he has on in the photo...100% cotton.

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matthewcplourde
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Tank tops all the way!

MarineE5
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I agree with John ( Skiffin ) . I wore a undershirt and a pullover sweatshirt on top of that. I have some that have a larger neck opening then some of the other ones I have. Wore only the ones with the larger openings. As your husband is already doing, I used a lot of lotion on my neck as well.

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zinniemay
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We bought the V neck T-shirts worked great for my husband he could wear what ever he wanted over them.

DJG1
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Suzzanne, The rad techs told me to wear a shirt that was a little lower cut. Since the room was chilly, I took an old long sleeve t-shirt and cut the neck in the middle down about 3 inches. I wear it everyday. Seems to work well.
Debbie

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susan0803
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thanks for the ideas. I wasn't sure if as treatments progress, it would be hard for him to put somthing over his head but it sounds like he should be able to do this. And I wasn't sure if even a loose colloar from a t-shirt would bother him - but that also sounds bearable from what I see posted in the replies. The v-neck t-shirts and loose neck'ed t-shirts also good ideas. It is getting colder in NJ here, so maybe I'll take some old sweatshirts and cut the neck to make the neck opening larger.

thanks again for the quick replies - as always very apprecicated!
s.

Dazey
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My doctor told me nothing on the neck - oversize shirts with v necks etc. The other big help was I used satin pillow cases at night and it really helped - I finished radiation (IMRT 30 tx) last October 26 and am doing great. Dazey

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I had the neck irritation and then had the trach I Coverd, I had a friend cut hankerchiefs in half diagnally, she sewed around the edges and I tied them at the back, they stuffed in my t shirts and button shirts as well and tucked in front, if you have noticed you stain alot of your clothing, red, camo is a big hit and it hid that trach, and the redness plus any discharge, yes i ruined alot of shirts, and it cut down attention to my neck problems. Hope this helps..Dennis

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Kent Cass
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I cut the collars off a couple expendable shirts to eliminate any cloth contact with the rad areas.

kcass

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JUDYV5
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I wore tank tops through the radiation treatment.

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Pam M
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I got chilly during treatments, so I usually wore one of two pullover shirts (men's) that were like a cross between a thermal shirt and a Henley. this is over the tank top - I wore a tank top day and night. I just had to make sure (rad tech's instructions) that I didn't have a collar on the shirt I wore since I didn't have a collar on the day I did the fitting.

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Hondo
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For me I used Tank Top or t shirts

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We went to Kohls today that was having 30%-50% off sale so we were in luck. I got a bunch of cheap long sleeve Ts, tank tops, and sweatshearts that his mom (who happens to be a seamstress) can alter the collars for us. I tried mostly to get dark colors (reds, blacks, dark greens) as suggested. Also bought some hoodies that might work too. As far as during treatments, they make Joe put on a hospital gown.

I also bought some sateen pillow cases - we are going to try those instead of satin (i find satin very annoying since it's so slippery).

Thanks again for all of the suggestions.

Suzanne

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Skiffin16
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That's interesting....

When I had mine, they always had me take me shirt off. But they did always offer a warm blanket. I usually declined, but on some days I'd use the blanket.

Best,
John

Fire34
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Suzanne
The techs made me take my shirt off also. I didn't have a gown though they let me where most anything that was comfortable for me. I was inpatient for radiation weeks though.
The techs always had plenty of blankets if needed, and since my thermometer was messed up they were needed LOL
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Dave

denise417
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That's interesting. Must be where the cancer is at that makes a difference. Each of us kind of has our own thing. They always tell me to put a gown on at the front desk, but back in rad they don't need it. They are going after the voice box, so maybe that is why.

denise417
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I use a sweatshirt, with the neck cut into a v in the front, makes its easier, plus its cold here and that helps keep me warm. You can get the shirts the nurses and drs wear now at walmart, meijers, just about anywhere, and they would work. Can use a low neck sweater with it. They told me just to wear the same weight of shirt every time if I could. Today I used a low neck t-shirt and they had to change the shoulder settings for the first time. Hard to wear the same type thing everyday. Geez, I will go back to the sweatshirt tomorrow. Its not bad looking, I can still stop somewhere and its not a problem.

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rmdgy
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I wore a combination of old t-shirts (that I had cut so that they did not rub against my neck) or tank tops around the house. If I went out (to doctor, treatments etc..) I usually wore a polo/golf shirt with a soft collar or a loose fitting shirt. No button downs though, the collars rode too high and I could not stand anything touching my neck until several weeks after treatments concluded.

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I finally packed up almost all of my shirts with collars because I still cannot stand it rubbing on my neck dissection scar. I kept two because if I can sing, I have to wear one for concert. I had a turtle neck on for my motor cycle ride and it drove me nuts. But it is sort of a catch 22. If my neck gets cold it hurts, but when something is on it, it is very bothersome. The cold on it is worse though.

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susan0803
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Sweet,
Wondering if a silk or satin scarf wrapped loosely around your neck would help? Someone posted earlier here that she uses satin pillow cases, so maybe that type of material used as a scarf would not hurt and would look very stylish at the same time? Good luck in your singing. I really hope you can sing in your concert - I'm sure you sing beautifully!

Thanks everyone for their suggestions and their experiences - I'll continue to keep them in mind. So far Joe likes the loose neck long sleeve t-shirts and the hoodie as his choice of attire.

S.

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sweetblood22
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Thanks for the suggestion on the scarf, I will try it. I used to have a nice voice. It's more of a croak nowadays. I am trying. I am struggling with my mouth being to dry. I can't get thru a whole song. Monday I am going to try magic mouthwash and gc dry mouth gel. As of right now I can't sing at concert. At least I am out with people for rehearsal. :)

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uvm1978
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Cotton v-neck tee shirts from the gap!

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SASH
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I took old t-shirts and put slits in the collars to give them more more and keep them away from my neck.

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