I am seen by my Rad Onc once each week to review how I am doing and ask any questions I have. Dr. David explained that redness will most likely occur in three areas; under the arm, under the breast, and just above the breast at the center of my chest. Under the arm and breast will get red because of the fold of the skin there. The chest area will most likely get red from the radiation because of previous sun exposure from wearing V-neck tops, swim suits, etc. So I need to be very cautious to keep this area covered from sun exposure during treatment.
The good news is that the redness will stop two weeks after treatment and then healing will begin.
I've added Calendula to my regimen of creams to promote healing. So my routine is to apply aloe vera gel immediately after radiation. Once that dries and before dressing, I then apply the Aquaphor cream. then in the evening I apply calendula gel. I cannot apply anything then until after treatment as nothing should be applied to the skin of the radiated area four or less hours before treatment.
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior; AND Survivor