Apr 17, 2011 - 2:09 am
Due to start external pelvic radiation this week,
Online I see others extolling different products that soothed their burning skin.
Yet the radiation nurses at my cancer center advisel me not to use anything "until you develop symptoms." Then, I am told, they will prescribe some lotion for any open or oozing sores that develop in the vaginal region.
Merely HEARING that this area will become so inflamed from external radiation upset my day; I'd thought it was just our lower abdomens that would suffer.
Do your own oncological staffs seem to wait until there are serious symptoms to offer any treatment advice rather than suggesting preventive measures?
Would like to hear about any ointments, creams or other measures anyone took that helped to ease burning from external radiation.
No one, for instance, has advised me what kind of underwear will be best, what kind of soap I should use to bathe, or whether I can use any cream or gel on the external genital region (obviously, you' d have to be careful here) to try to prevent dreaded burning in that region.
Shouldn't treatment centers discuss such concerns BEFORE we start treatment? The "radiation orientation" covered none of these subjects, just the general effects of radiation.
As i need to start radiation this week, need some advice!