Radiation dermatitis is a significant side effect of external beam ionizing radiation most commonly used for radiotherapy of various spreading cancers, called malignancies. It is also called radiodermatitis, x-ray dermatitis, radiation skin damage, or a radiation burn.
An estimated 95% of patients receiving radiation therapy will experience some degree of skin reaction, which may include erythema, dry desquamation, and moist desquamation.
Repeated radiation exposure causes an imbalance in the tissue damage and repair cycle so that exposed skin is damaged faster than it can repair itself. Factors that increase the risk and severity of skin reactions include high daily and cumulative radiation doses, the type of beam used to deliver the radiation, a large treatment field, treatment to areas with skin folds (such as the head and neck, the groin or under the breast), and whether the radiation was delivered with chemotherapy.
Patients receiving radiation therapy should be advised to avoid sun exposure by covering the treated area with protective clothing or SPF 50+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. Also, avoid topical skin irritants, such as perfumes, deodorants, and alcohol-based lotions, and don’t scratch of the affected area.
Condition Treated: Burns from Proton Radiation Treatment for:
1) New Breast Cancer-Intraductal Carcinoma in the left breast following Mastectomy (2017);
2) Reoccurrence after 16 years of Breast Cancer-Intraductal Carcinoma in the right breast tissue (2017); and
3) Treatment of Axillary Lymph Nodes on right and left.
A total of 33 treatments of proton radiation were received between Aug 2017 and Sept 2017. As noted above, this was her second bout with breast cancer. The first occurred in 2001 and was also Intraductal Carcinoma in the right breast. She underwent two lumpectomies followed by a mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy.
Other Products Used Prior to NeoGenesis: DN was provided with Aquaphor healing ointment for use from the Proton Center. As her skin became more burned she applied Walgreens Sensitive Skin Aloe Vera After Sun Gel to sooth her skin. There was more burned skin over the weeks of treatment, so the doctor added Walgreens Pain Relieving Gel (Topical Analgesic with Lidocaine and Menthol). Cetaphil moisturizing cream was also added as an alternative after a few weeks for the Aquaphor.
“I hope this finds you well and that NeoGenesis is thriving. Would it be possible to get some more Recovery, Skin Serum, and Moisturizer? They really seem to be helping with the radiation reaction redness and sensitivity. I had a facial today and the therapist commented that she saw major improvements over the last time (about 4 months ago), including reduced actinic keratosis on my nose. I attribute that to the NeoGenesis products, since they are what I am using.” ~ RS
“With a 2nd degree burn from a chemical peel, I was desperate for relief. Unfortunately, a plastic surgeon recommended a peel just 2 weeks prior to radiation. The peel was on my chest adjacent to my cancer, on my breast. The Recovery by NeoGenesis provided immediate relief. The blisters repaired and the skin smoothed out. The redness has dissipated and I am still seeing improvement. I am also using the Recovery serum on my breast and I am into the 9th day of radiation and not showing signs of redness. I plan to use the serum throughout radiation to prevent blistering and scarring.” ~ DW
Product: NeoGenesis Recovery
“Externally I suffer from severely burned facial and neck skin (I call it “mother of all laser peels”). About a year ago, I have had the brief opportunity to use some of the NeoGenesis skin serum and facial moisturizer, both of which really seemed to help with the residual redness of the skin on my face and neck. Both areas were still extremely sensitive and red after almost 7 years. Not anymore.” ~ RS