Archive for April, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital Minimizes Radiation Side Effects

mercyPatients of Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida can purchase Jeans Cream at Mercy Professional Pharmacy to use as a healing cream and alleviate radiation side effects.

According to their website, the Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital provides advanced cancer treatments with state-of-the-art equipment and a compassionate touch. They offer extensive education, special programs, surgical services, and rehabilitative programs to meet patients’ needs before, during and after treatment.

The Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital is provides a broad spectrum of Oncology services. Here is a little about each department:

Radiation Oncology Department

Mercy Hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department offers every modality of Radiation Therapy including Image Guided Radiation Therapy/Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IGRT/IMRT) and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR). The Radiation Oncology Department continues its research efforts through its involvement with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).

Radiology Department

The Radiology Department is a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional radiology facility staffed by affiliated board certified radiologists providing a full range of imaging services. The mammography center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Pathology Department

The Pathology Department offers definitive tissue-diagnostic support services for cancer patients, including classification and pathologic AJCC staging of malignant neoplasias.

What’s most interesting, because we don’t see it at every hospital is that Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital also offers a lymphedema program for patients suffering from primary and secondary lymphatic obstruction. The do this through The Kohly Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation. The staff uses Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) combined with physical therapy work to reduce the size of the involved limb and help patients gain functional independence to lead more productive lives. The Kohly Center is a member of the National Lymphedema Network. Post-lymphedema management program is also available.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Radiation side effects and self-care recommendations from the Mayo Clinic

This video from the Mayo Clinic discusses the common acute radiation side effects that occur during Radiation therapy to the breast or chest-wall. Recommendations on how to best care for your skin during radiation therapy as well as post radiation therapy skin changes are reviewed.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Minimize Radiation Side Effects on Skin

Skincare for Radiation Side EffectsSince skin reactions are a common part of radiation side effects, you will need to pay special attention to the skin area being irradiated while undergoing your course of treatment. Here are a few tips:

1. Select a good healing cream and use it consistently. Today, there are products made specifically for skin care during radiation. Your doctor or nurse may advise a specific cream or leave the choice up to you. With our product, we have found that people have the greatest success and suffer the fewest skin-related radiation side effects when they start early and use our one product exclusively and consistently throughout treatment.

It’s important to use a radiation cream regularly. And so, you may want to buy two or three smaller size tubes so you can keep one on your bedside table and put the other one in your purse or car. Having your radiation cream nearby at all times can make it easier for you to apply it throughout the day.

How to Use Healing Cream for Radiation Side Effects

We recommend people start applying their radiation cream once or twice daily several days before beginning radiation. As soon as therapy begins, use the cream immediately following treatment and most importantly, again at bedtime. In the event your skin begins to react to the radiation, apply the cream more often. In some cases, it may be necessary to apply a radiation cream up to 5-6 times per day, each and every time the skin feels sensitive. Note that the skin area to be irradiated should be bare and dry for the treatment itself!

Once the course of therapy has ended, continue using your radiation cream for at least two weeks because the radiation keeps working and skin still needs to be cared for.

If the part of the body being treated is in an area that gets a lot of moisture or friction, such as the underarms, some people have found it helpful to apply their radiation cream first, and to follow up with a light dusting of corn starch.

2. Avoid sun exposure to treated area.

3. Wear only soft, loose, lightweight fabrics over the treatment area. If you are being treated for breast cancer, avoid bras that might chafe or irritate your skin.

4. Avoid artificial hot or cold packs. These can do further damage to delicate irradiated skin.

5. Check your skin at the treatment site every day and alert your nurse or doctor to any changes.

If your skin is exhibiting radiation side effects during treatment, symptoms will usually go away within a few weeks. Be sure to consult with your care team if any condition lingers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Images Boutique Helps Mass General Cancer Patients Cope with Radiation Side Effects

mass generalPatients of Mass General Cancer Center are able to ease and soothe their skin-related radiation side effects by purchasing a tube of Jeans Cream at Images Boutique. We are proud to be a featured product at Images Boutique because they cater to adult and pediatric cancer patients with the goal of helping them to feel comfortable with their appearance during and after cancer treatment. As many of our readers know firsthand, this can be a difficult challenge for many people in treatment.

What’s cool is that the staff at Images includes American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better” consultants who work with patients to help them look and feel their best during treatment. In addition to Jeans Cream for radiation side effects, they offer patients a wide selection of hair alternatives (e.g., wigs, cool scarves, hats, turbans), special apparel for women who have had a mastectomy, educational books and videos, relaxation tapes, aromatherapy products, and jewelry. They also offer personal services such as skin care and cosmetic consultation for oncology patients, wig styling and consultation, and breast prostheses fittings by a certified fitter.

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is among the leading cancer care providers in the United States. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks them as one of the top ten cancer centers in the country. Its nurses were the first in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in recognition of the hospital’s exceptional nursing care.

Known for providing customized, innovative treatments and compassionate care to both adults and children, the Cancer Center comprises 24 fully integrated, multidisciplinary clinical programs and a vast array of support and educational services. Its network of affiliations extends throughout New England and the southeastern U.S.

The Cancer Center’s commitment to eradicating cancer is fueled by scientific investigation conducted as part of one of the largest hospital-based research programs in the nation. Through a powerful synergy between laboratory scientists and bedside physicians, the Mass General Cancer Center fosters innovation in all phases of cancer research. Physician investigators conduct nearly 400 clinical trials annually.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is a founding member of a Harvard Medical School consortium designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. This prestigious seven-member center forms the largest cancer research collaboration in the country. The promising new treatments developed through this partnership are revolutionizing the future of cancer medicine.