Jul 26, 2011 - 1:04 am
Im looking for someone to please tell me how to help with the pain from radiation. My mother has Stage III rectal cancer and the site where she is receiving radiation is so badly burned. I just feel so helpless when I see her crying from all the pain. She is taking oral pain medicine around the clock and putting Silvadene cream twice a day, as per her doctor. However, the pain is unbearable. I don't even know if the pain is from the cancer or from the massive skin breakdown or what. She has completed 7 1/2 weeks already of radiation and has 3 treatments left but the docs said the pain and side effects can last up to months. I can't bear to see her in pain anymore. Having only 3 treatments left, I would have expected her to be in a much better state. Somebody please tell me what I can give her or do for this pain and is the skin breakdown really supposed to look that bad. The best way to describe her skin around her anus and even vaginal area is raw and reddened. Im a helpless daughter trying to do the best for my mom. Thanks for any ideas.