Meridian Park
radiation oncology center
serving the greater Portland area since 1984
 
 

Treatment Information

 
 

SKIN CARE INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS RECEIVING RADIATION THERAPY

SKIN CARE

Permanent tattoos and/or temporary ink marks may be placed on your skin to indicate where the radiation treatments are to be given. The temporary ink marks should not be removed unless you are told to by a therapist. The skin in the treatment area will undergo changes related to the radiation treatments. Those changes may include redness, dryness, peeling or itchiness. These reactions are a normal response to radiation therapy and generally begin to occur in the mid to later part of treatment. The skin changes will continue for one to two weeks after radiation is complete. At that time the skin will begin to heal and recover.

Permanent tattoos and/or temporary ink marks may be placed on your skin to indicate where the radiation treatments are to be given. The temporary ink marks should not be removed unless you are told to by a therapist. The skin in the treatment area will undergo changes related to the radiation treatments. Those changes may include redness, dryness, peeling or itchiness. These reactions are a normal response to radiation therapy and generally begin to occur in the mid to later part of treatment. The skin changes will continue for one to two weeks after radiation is complete. At that time the skin will begin to heal and recover.

  • Start moisturizing the skin in the treatment area at least twice a day during the beginning phase of treatment. This moisturizing routine should continue for at least six months, in most cases, after you have finished treatment. This will help maintain elasticity of the skin in the treatment area.

We recommend using a moisturizing cream or lotion which contains Vitamin E and / or Aloe Vera. Please do not use the Aloe Vera plant itself.

  • Wash your hands before applying a thin coat of the moisturizer. Apply moisturizer gently so as not to cause much friction.
  • When bathing, use a mild soap and lukewarm water to the treated area.
  • Use a mild shampoo if you are receiving radiation treatment to the head.
  • Be sure to rinse soap and shampoo thoroughly and pat or air dry.
  • Use an electric shaver only on any areas being treated that require shaving (i.e., under arms, face, head, neck).
  • Avoid extreme temperatures to the area being treated. Radiated skin does not disperse heat or cold well. Hot water bottles, heating pads, sun lamps, tanning beds, hot tubs, or ice packs in the treatment area should be avoided.
  • Keep treatment area open to the air whenever possible.
  • Avoid using products containing alcohol or fragrance on the skin in the treatment area.
  • **IF YOU ARE RECEIVING RADIATION TO THE BREAST:

    Do not use a deodorant / antiperspirant which contain Aluminum Chlorhydrate on the radiated side. Use of all natural deodorants are OK. Cornstarch can be substituted to absorb underarm perspiration. Do not wear bra’s with under wire or elastic that may be irritating and uncomfortable.

Meridian Park Radiation Oncology Center
6489 SW Borland Road; Tualatin, OR 97062
Phone: 503-692-4843
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