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Coping With Radiation Recall Dermatitis
- Shorter times between radiation therapy and chemotherapy (usually 2 months or less)
- Previous skin disorders
- Poor nutrition habits
- Concurrent treatment for head and neck cancers with cetuximab
What Steps Can You Take?
- Using steroid creams recommended by your doctor
- Using lotions, moisturizers, or gels to soothe irritated skin.
- Avoiding being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. If you must be outside, use sunscreen. Also, avoid tanning beds, which can further harm your skin.
- Dressing comfortably in clothes made of natural fibers, like cotton.
- Useing soap that is gentle to your skin.
- Placing a cool compress on the painful area.
- Avoiding irritants, such as perfumes or alcohol-based products
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 00/30/2014