Friday, January 8, 2016

Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects at the Same Time?

You might be wondering whether it is worth going through chemotherapy and radiation side effects at the same time. Here is a great infographic by CURE Media Group that explains a bit about why the combination of these two treatments is particularly powerful.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stanford Cancer Institute Helps Relieve Radiation Side Effects

inst_stanford1The Stanford Cancer Institute in Stanford, California, is working hard to help cancer patients navigate their treatment with ease and comfort, so they can focus on healing and returning to their families and active lives. That’s why they have Jeans Cream available for purchase in their gift store. Visitors can buy it for in-patients, and out-patients can go there to stock up on a cream that will help soothe radiation side effects and make their journey that much easier.

The Stanford Cancer Center calls upon the world-class expertise of over 300 researchers and clinicians to provide outstanding, comprehensive cancer care, focus on research and medical innovation, advance professional training in the field, keeping its facilities on the cutting edge, and providing leadership and community outreach.

Patients receiving care in the Stanford Cancer Center have access to the full complement of their specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized experts in their field. At their weekly Multidisciplinary Patient Review Boards, physicians from many different specialties collaborate with nurses, psychosocial services and other experts to develop the best treatment options possible for each patient. Genetic testing and counseling are also an integral part of their treatment approach.

Stanford is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, which means that they are “characterized by scientific excellence and the capability to integrate a diversity of research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer. They play a vital role in advancing towards the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer.”

Stanford is also one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

US News andamp; World Report consistently recognizes Stanford as one of the top hospitals in America for cancer care. Their Magnet® designation acknowledges the hospital for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practices. Stanford is also certified by ASCO as a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative(QOPI®) program, which means they have a commitment to quality patient care and safety.

Behind many of today’s most successful cancer treatments is research that originated at Stanford. They are pioneers in new diagnostic imaging techniques used to target, treat, and, whenever possible, eliminate cancer. From the discovery of antibody and biologic therapies that harness the patient’s immune system to successfully combat cancer, to the development of the new radiation therapy technology they continue to transform cutting-edge research into world-class patient care.

They also take great care to support patients in easing their chemotherapy and radiation side effects, and also whatever emotional challenges arise as a result of their diagnosis and treatment.

Translational medicine is the cornerstone of Stanford’s cancer treatment programs, with more than 300 clinical trials underway at Stanford. They actively leverage the expertise of hundreds of physicians and researchers who work together to unravel cancer’s secrets. Their physician scientists are actively investigating revolutionary therapies that are on their way to becoming tomorrow’s standard of cancer care.

Jeans Cream is proud to be offered to Stanford’s patients and visitors as an option for relieving radiation side effects, and for nourishing and caring for the skin.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Radiation Side Effects from Oral Radiation Therapy

file3691233875457Patients undergoing radiation treatment orally can face unique challenges from patients being treated in other areas of the body. Here are some of the radiation side effects that may occur for people being treated for mouth or throat cancer.

Dry mouth: During the weeks of oral radiation treatment, one’s mouth may become very dry which can lead to difficulty eating, talking, and swallowing. It can also hasten tooth decay, so it’s important to restore moisture. Patients may find it helpful to drink lots of water, suck or chew ice chips or sugar-free hard candy, chew sugar free gum, and use a saliva substitute.

Throat and mouth pain: Another radiation side effect in the mouth can be painful ulcers, redness and inflammation. In this circumstance, doctors will often recommend medicines or special numbing oral rinses to help control the pain in the throat and mouth.

Painful or bleeding gums: The tissue in the mouth can become so sensitive that regular activities like brushing and using a toothpick can cause a great deal of pain and trauma to inflamed gums. SO it’s best to go extra gentle with the area. This can also lead to infection if lesions are left unchecked, so patients will want to stay aware of what’s happening in their mouths and let their health care practitioner know immediately if anything looks out of the ordinary.

Tooth decay: Radiation treatment can cause tooth decay in a big way, so it’s extra important to care for the teeth and gums meticulously while undergoing treatment. The recommendation from dentists for those who are in this scenario is to brush teeth, tongue and gums with an extra-soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal and before bed. Some dentists also recommend fluoride trays, and regular rinsing with a salt/baking soda/water mixture.

Infection: Dry mouth and damage to the lining of the mouth from radiation therapy can cause infection to develop. It helps to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes and to tell your doctor or nurse about any mouth problems.

Stiffness in jaw: Radiation side effects from oral treatment can include jaw problems because the radiation affects the muscles used for chewing. This can make it difficult to open one’s mouth. Sometimes the condition can be eased greatly by simply exercising those muscles by opening and closing the mouth as much as possible and holding each position for a while.

Denture problems: Treatment may create enough of a change inside one’s mouth that their dentures don’t fit right anymore. Also, it can be difficult to even wear them because of how dry and inflamed the mouth tissues can become.

Taste and smell differences: Food and odors may be perceived differently after treatment. Some of the changes may even be permanent for some people.

Vocal changes: If the radiation is directed towards the neck, the larynx may swell, resulting in changes to one’s voice as well as fatigue talking. Sometimes medicine is given for this to bring swelling down.

Thyroid changes: If a patient’s thyroid is affected, he or she may begin to feel tired, lethargic, cold, gain weight and have dry skin and hair. A doctor can prescribe thyroid hormone to help support the thyroid and reduce those symptoms.

Skin changes: Skin on the patient’s face and neck may be affected in a similar way to getting a sunburn. Skin may become red, dry and fragile. Patients may want to be careful about shaving or applying skin care products, as they may be irritating.

Fatigue: Fatigue is a common radiation side effect that affects most patients being treated with radiation therapy. It is the same with people undergoing oral treatment.

These are most of the side effects that people undergoing oral radiation therapy experience. It’s always important to have a detailed discussion with a healthcare practitioner before beginning any kind of treatment though, so that expectations, protocol and symptoms can be managed.

Monday, July 20, 2015

For Those of Us Who Don’t Tan ~ Sunburn Relief

We thought this comic about sunburns was adorable and wanted to share – enjoy!

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To see the original cartoon and visit the page over at Good Meme, prescription click here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Funny Sunburn Relief Spoof

Watch this short video for a quick laugh in the middle of your day. Of course the humor is at the expense of kind strangers, but it’s all in good fun and we appreciate how these people managed to make sunburn relief a funny thing. Enjoy!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Emollient v. Moisturizer v. Humectant v. Healing Cream v. Moisture Barrier

photo (1)What is the difference between all of these cosmetics? The terminology for all these healing creams and skin products can get confusing. So, treatment let’s get go through what each of these different products are:

Emollients – The words “emollient” and “moisturizer” are often used interchangeably, viagra 60mg though an emollient can also be a term used to describe an ingredient within a moisturizer.

An emollient keeps water from evaporating through the outer layer of skin. It creates a protective covering that keeps skin moist and resilient. And it can be available as a cream, for sale ointment or lotion.

According to the National Eczema Society, “One of the most important elements in managing all types of eczema is to keep the skin soft and supple by frequent and generous use of emollients.” Many people who have eczema or psoriasis use emollients consistently.

Emollients are also found in many skin and beauty products from lipstick to foundation. What every emollient has is an ingredient that acts as a humectant, a lubricant, and an occluder. The humectant enables the skin’s surface to hold more water. The lubricant helps the skin to slide more easily when it rubs against something. And an occluder reduces water loss by adding a layer of oil.

Some examples where emollients can be found are in silicone, in vegetable oils, in vegetable butters like shea, jojoba and cocoa, and in petroleum jelly.

Moisturizer – Like an emollient, a moisturizer keeps water from evaporating through the outer layer of skin. It creates a protective covering that keeps skin moist and resilient. It can be available as a cream, ointment or lotion.

Good moisturizers tend to have a combination of an emollient and a humectant.

Humectant – As described above, a humectant enables the skins surface to hold more water. But how does it do this? It actually bonds with water molecules to increase water content in the skin by a) drawing it from the environment (when there’s a lot of humidity), or b) enhancing water absorption in the skin’s outer layer. Some examples of humectants are sugars, proteins, glycerin (one of the most popular in skin care products), elastin and collagen.

Healing Cream – We’ve discussed what a healing cream is in previous posts. The definition of this can extend from medicated ointments to simple moisturizers. Generally, a healing cream does include some form of moisturizer, along with at least one ingredient known for promoting healing and regeneration to damaged skin tissues.

Moisture Barrier – Also known as a skin protectant, a moisture barrier often contains dimethicone, zinc oxide, lanolin, or petrolatum, which forms a protective barrier on the top layer of the skin in order to shield it from irritants or moisture caused from physical problems like incontinence or perspiration. This can give a wound the protection it needs to heal, free from further aggravation from friction or fungus (a problem in the case of too much moisture). A moisture barrier works with the skin to restore and strengthen it’s own natural barrier, and it also helps keep toxins or irritants out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Some Comic Sunburn Relief

Some Comic Sunburn Relief…

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Thanks to hellawella for this image.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nalie Agustin Dealing with Radiation Side Effects

NalieNalie Agustin has been chronicling her experiences going through treatment for breast cancer, ed and coping with radiation side effects.

Here is her story: It all started back in 2012 when I felt lumps in my left breast while showering. I mentioned it to my family doctor who examined me and said, vialis 40mg “At your age, look 85% of the time, it’s just a cyst!” but she gave me a referral paper to book an ultra-sound just in case.

Months passed, seasons changed, relationships ended and I only decided to get that ultra-sound in July 2013. One test led to another and on July 17, 2013 I heard the scariest 3 words of my life: “You have cancer”.

I was diagnosed with stage 2B invasive breast cancer with 2 tumors in the left breast and 1 in the lymph node. The biggest one being 4x4cm. My cancer is Estrogen and Progesterone positive. HER2 and BRCA1 negative, and has thankfully not metastasized.

Treatments began immediately starting with 4 rounds of A/C chemotherapy once every 3 weeks followed by 12 weekly rounds of Taxol.

A month later, I was scheduled for a full mastectomy: the removal of my entire left breast with immediate reconstruction.

Once healed, 5 weeks of Radiation was scheduled for extra cancer cell destruction. Treatments then end with a daily intake of hormone pills for 5 years of prevention.

From the very first day I was told I had cancer; I decided to record and write about my journey through the world of oncology. At first, it was for myself, as my form of therapy. But now, it’s become clear that my blog is for far more than just that…

You can see more of Nalie at her blog and in this video as she copes with radiation side effects:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What Is the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

jc - plastic surgeryIncreasingly, we have more and more customers purchasing Jeans Cream for post-cosmetic surgery care. We weren’t sure exactly what the difference was between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery, so we thought we’d do a little research. Here is what we found:

Cosmetic surgery is an elective process that involves surgically or medically enhancing any area of the head, neck or body to match an aesthetic ideal. Plastic surgery, on the other hand is dedicated to reconstructing body or facial defects caused by birth disorders, trauma, burns or disease.

What’s interesting is that it can get a little tricky to find a medical professional who has been properly trained in cosmetic procedures. There are currently no US residency programs dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery, so this has to be an additional training that the doctors seek out after they have completed their residency training. Even surgeons who have done their residency in plastic surgery may not have had training in the cosmetic procedures they are being asked to perform.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NECN News Boston Cover Story: Jeans Healing Cream Helps Cancer Patients

A while back, NECN News Boston did a cover story on Jeans Cream. If you’ve ever wondered how the healing cream came to be, or even if you have wanted to create your own product to help cancer patients or others with illness, this segment offers some great insight.

“Jeans Healing Cream Helps Cancer Patients”