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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.

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!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Are Getting Help with Radiation Side Effects

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.15.27 PMThe patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center are able to get Jeans Cream for help with radiation side effects by visiting Windows of Hope. Windows of Hope is a specialty shop featuring products and resources for men and women being treated for cancer.

Founded by a cancer survivor and her husband, Windows of Hope makes it easy for patients with cancer to find the products and services they need in one location. Their staff offers supportive and sensitive advice, in a warm environment where patients can meet and share.

They have a comprehensive list of products for people going through cancer treatment and radiation side effects, such as wigs and partial hairpieces, breast prostheses, hats and scarves, jewelry, journals, books, CDs and specialty creams and lotions.

Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.23.38 PM

The Cancer Center at BIDMC is integral to one of Harvard Medical School’s major teaching and research institutions. At BIDMC, scientists and doctors have made many discoveries that have led to greater understanding of cancer mechanisms resulting in improved and innovative cancer care. As a Harvard teaching hospital, they are renowned for leading-edge cancer care and for pioneering discoveries that have led to unique cancer treatment strategies.

They provide their patients with a team of specialists who as experts in treating specific kinds of cancer (surgeons, radiation therapists and medical oncologists), develop care plans that fit a patient’s individual medical situation.

BIDMC’s cancer program is the only program in Massachusetts, and one of only 34 in the country, to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The commission is a consortium of professional organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the Oncology Nursing Society the American College of Surgeons.

Additional Achievements
Still other distinguishing strengths of BIDMC and their Cancer Center include:
– Becker’s Hospital Review has named BIDMC for 2012 as one of 70 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs recognizing the hospital for providing cutting edge cancer treatment, prevention and research and demonstrated continual innovation in treatments and services, patient-centered care, and the achievement of clinical milestones and groundbreaking discoveries.
– BIDMC was recognized again in 2012 by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals in cancer care.
– A large number of cancer specialists are once again recognized as Best in Boston for 2011.
– The first center in New England — and one of only a select number of hospitals in the country — to offer CyberKnife, a dynamic new radiation therapy system that is a noninvasive, radio-surgical alternative to open surgery for cancerous and other tumors. BIDMC’s Keith C. Field CyberKnife Center uses precise image-guidance and a multi-jointed robotic arm to deliver concentrated beams of radiation from multiple directions.
– Advanced imaging systems — including Boston’s first PET/CT scanner — for early cancer detection, less invasive breast imaging, advanced gastrointestinal diagnostic techniques, virtual colonoscopy and more.
– Novel breast reconstruction techniques that spare muscle, and research into personalized vaccines that harness the patient’s own immune system to target and destroy tumor cells.
– Genetic counseling and testing of high-risk patients, primarily for breast, ovarian and colon cancers, in order to help care for those who have cancer and advise unaffected family members on how best to stay well.
– Leadership in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, which enhances the many strengths of their cancer programs.
– Two of their clinician scholars/researchers each received a $1,000,000 from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to continue their cutting edge treatment research.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where a Healing Cream Can Help

IMG_2059Let’s face it. The skin handles a lot. It protects us from a constant barrage of pathogens and environmental toxins. It provides insulation, regulates temperature and moisture, alerts our brains to different sensations, synthesizes vitamin D, and more. It’s no wonder that people can develop challenging skin conditions – whether those last for a few days or for years. A good healing cream used at the right time can help soothe, nourish and heal the skin when it is dry or hurting.

Here are some of the areas we most see with problems that a good healing cream can often help:

Elbows and heels! Sometimes elbows and heels can be so dry that layer after layer of skin begins building into a lifeless callus. We’ve heard of people applying Vaseline or a good emollient, healing cream to these areas at bedtime then covering them with socks (heels) or wraps (elbows) to let the moisture sink in and soften hardened skin.

Dry skin – anywhere! Most dry skin can be attributed to the environment (including weather, heat, overexposure to sun, harsh soaps and detergents, etc.) certain skin diseases can also rob vital moisture from the skin and dry it out. Some of these include eczema and psoriasis. Particularly in cases where outside factors have dried out the skin, a healing cream can be used to form a moisture barrier, as well as provide deep nourishment and moisture.

We have hundreds of customers who use our cream just for this cause – dry skin. So, we know it’s a problem that lots of people face – particularly during the height of summer and winter, when people are inside with heaters or air conditioning on.

The face, neck and hands! The face, neck and hands are all typically exposed to more sun than other areas of the body. This can lead them to dry out, which encourages the skin to wrinkly prematurely. Using a good healing cream can help keep skin moist and encourage cells to regenerate, which would result in less wrinkles

Any area that has a mild burn! When skin is burned, depending on how bad the burn is, it usually does much better with the assistance of a soothing, healing product. Creams with ingredients like aloe Vera and Vitamin E have been shown to be particularly helpful in calming redness and pain, and helping the skin to heal and recover.

Eczema! Eczema is a skin condition that can have different causes and be quite tricky to heal. Some people have found relief – although sometimes it’s only temporary, with a topical product, while others have found the biggest relief to come from staying away from food or environmental allergens. Some food allergens that people have reported as causing bad eczema outbreaks are kale, eggs, dairy, wheat and broccoli, though there are many more as well. Some environmental triggers can include petroleum based detergents and other chemicals.

Psoriasis! This is another skin condition which can be particularly frustrating. Most people manage it with medication rather than heal it for good.

When have you used a healing cream? Is there anything else you’ve found particularly useful for taking care of your skin and helping it to be as healthy as possible?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Why You Need Sunburn Relief in the First Place

IMG_0130Why is it that the whiter your skin is, the greater a chance you have of getting burned and needing sunburn relief when unprotected under the sun’s rays? If you are caucasian and have fair skin, you probably started the season out with very pale skin, then if you slowly got a tan bit by bit, you will be better able to handle the sun for the rest of the summer. Whereas that first time out, your white skin was in real danger of becoming burned.

What causes this?

First let’s learn a bit about how the magnificent organ of our skin actually works. The basic function of the skin is to create an intelligent boundary between your inner workings and the outside world.

In order to perform this function, the skin must be relatively tough (for an organ) and be able to shed layers that get damaged by the environment. There are two main layers. The first, or outer layer, is the epidermis and the second, or deeper layer, is called the dermis. The epidermis is responsible for providing the most protection from the outside world, while the dermis can provide important, complex functions and contains the mechanoreceptors (sense temperature and pain), oil glands, nerve endings, hair follicles, connective tissue, and so on.

There are capillaries in the fatty layer beneath the dermis, which branch into the dermis and not only provide it with nourishment, but also help to cool the body from heat. Interestingly, the outermost skin layer (epidermis) has no direct blood supply of its own and can only be nourished and supported by the dermis.

There are a variety of nerve endings which are found in the dermis. They each can alert the body about different sensations such as temperature, pressure, itching, and pain. These nerve endings are vital to helping you stay safe from abrasions, burns, collision, etc. by sounding the alarm if your skin senses danger.

The outer layer, or epidermis, is made up of four layers. The inner layers are living, and the outer layer is dead. Interestingly, it is the dead layer that we’re actually looking at when we see someone’s skin. But it’s quite thin. The cells on this layer are always flaking away and being replaced by new cells that die off from deeper inside the epidermis.

One of the living inner layers of the epidermis is the malpighian layer. The reason it’s important for us to get so technical here is because not only does this layer give rise to the dead cells of the epidermis, but it is the place affected by the sun when we go outside.

Within the melpighian layer are basal cells and also a type of cell called a melanocyte. This second cell creates melanin, the pigment that colors our skin when we get a tan. When our skin is exposed to sunlight and develops a tan, the melanocytes increase their activity and produce more melanin, or color. When someone has naturally darker skin, however, their production of melanin is ongoing – regardless of sun exposure, and so they will have more pigment year-round than a fair skinned person.

When these melanocytes are damaged by too much UV radiation, the cancer called melanoma can develop. In darker skinned people, the melanin is protecting their melanocytes from UV radiation and thus protects them from needing sunburn relief or from getting cancer as well.

When people with light skin get a sunburn, they have an increased blood flow to the affected area of the skin (creates redness and swelling), which is triggered by DNA damage and inflammation. The process increases the cancer risk for anyone who has developed a sunburn and needs sunburn relief.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center

iuhealthJeans Cream is proud to be offered to patients at Indiana University Health in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana University Health’s Proton Therapy Center is one of just 13 proton therapy centers in the US that offers highly precise radiation therapy treatment.

Proton therapy is highly effective in its delivery and method; it delivers a dose to the target while sparing healthy surrounding tissue and avoiding critical structures. Proton therapy is a unique treatment that has proved to be as effective as, and in some cases more effective than, other forms of cancer treatments. It is a highly precise, noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure. It targets the tumor and causes minimal damage to surrounding tissues, as compared to conventional therapy. The results are highly effective and the radiation side effects are generally nonexistent or minimal. This combination of effectiveness and reduced side effects has led thousands of people worldwide to choose proton therapy instead of surgery or other forms of radiation therapy.

A few interesting notes about proton therapy:
– Pediatric radiation oncologists prefer to treat children with protons to avoid damage to growing bones and to minimize radiation side effects.

– The proton beam is actually shaped to match the tumor so healthy tissue can be avoided. This allows delivery of maximal dose to the tumor.

– The proton beam can be modified to treat regions smaller than a ping-pong ball or larger than a basketball.

– Proton therapy is often used for inoperable brain tumors to avoid damage to memory, language and thinking centers, the eyes, and spinal cord.

– Protons damage the DNA of cancerous cells to prevent reproduction.

With proton therapy, custom treatment plans are developed for specifically each patient. It does require daily treatments, so patients come in Monday through Friday for an average of 6-9 weeks. The size and shape of the tumor determines the treatment duration.

Once the patient is positioned and set up to receive therapy, the proton beam itself only lasts 30 to 60 seconds. Patients cannot see or feel the proton beam during treatments.

There are some potential radiation side effects that patients of this therapy experience. These include:

– Rapidly growing tissues, like the skin and hair, are more susceptible to radiation damage. Minor skin reddening and hair loss are common side effects at the treatment site.

– It is not uncommon for the patient to experience minor fatigue during treatment.

– Prostate cancer patients may also experience mild diarrhea.

Proton radiotherapy is used as a treatment by itself or in conjunction with other treatments.

Radiologists are limited as to how deep the proton beam can penetrate into the body. At the IU Health Proton Therapy Center, they can deliver beam up to a distance of 27 cm.

To determine if you are a candidate for treatment at Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center, you can have your physician call with a referral, or you can call directly. They may ask you to visit Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center for a physician consultation.

This information was taken from the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center information page. Click here for more details.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Roper St. Francis Helps Patients with Radiation Side Effects

We’re honored to have our cream available to help patients manage radiation side effects at Roper St. Francis Cancer Care in Charleston, South Carolina.

This is a hospital that really cares about their patients! Along with a patient’s doctor, an entire team of experts work tirelessly to support each patient towards recovery. And they engage many resources along the way, including groundbreaking clinical trials, fellowship-trained board certified cancer specialists, Commission on Cancer Accredited treatment plans, new technologies, and a robust patient support program.

Also, cutting-edge technology to treat brain cancer is now being used at Roper St. Francis. It’s a new mobile electronic device called NovoTTF that’s being used to treat brain tumors. We really appreciate having Jeans Cream represented where such advanced technologies are being implemented to save and improve lives. The following video follows the story of one woman’s journey through brain cancer and this treatment.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tattoo Skin Infection and Healing Cream

tattooBecause the outer dermal layers of skin are crossed when getting inked, it’s important to take good care of the skin after a tattoo by keeping the area clean and following any after-care instructions provided by your tattoo artist.

If you want to be extra prepared to have a positive tattoo experience, you could also invest in a good healing cream to help skin recover and return to its healthiest, best appearance.

Although usually there is no problem with infection after getting a tattoo, there are occasions where someone has a bad reaction to materials used or just simply doesn’t follow a hygienic procedure and an infection results. So, what do you do if you think you’re getting an infection after receiving a new tattoo?

First, try to get clear on whether the area is actually infected. Some natural parts of the healing process can be scary for first-timers. A newly tattooed area will often be red and irritated, and may even bleed, ooze ink or scab over. This does not necessarily indicate an infection. However, if the tattoo oozes a greenish or yellow pus, or if it is still red, swollen or hot weeks afterwards, this should raise concern.

You may want to go back to the artist who did your tattoo and ask for their perspective. Most tattoo artists have been trained to look for infections and will know what to spot. But the best step to take if you sense you may have an infection – or if you’re concerned about the health of the tattoo site, is to go see your doctor. He or she will be able to diagnose the problem and give you antibiotics if needed.

During the acute phase of the infection, your health practitioner may not suggest a healing cream, but may recommend using a topical ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin. (Note: Only use these ointments after getting inked. If you apply right BEFORE getting your tattoo, they can clog skin and actually cause an infection.)

While treating an infected tattoo, you’ll want to keep it dry at all times. If your skin gets moist, it is more likely to pick up bacteria and fungus that can give you a lot of problems. After the infection is gone, you may want to use a healing cream that can help reduce the chance of scarring and can help restore skin to its natural, full strength and vitality so that your tattoo looks great!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MD Anderson Helps Patients through Radiation Side Effects

md andersonWe’re proud to be offered in MD Anderson, one of the nation’s leading (and the world’s largest) cancer care centers.

MD Anderson has been working to eliminate cancer for more than six decades. They focus exclusively on cancer and have seen cases of every kind. Their doctors treat more rare cancers in a single day than most physicians see in a lifetime, and they have ranked as one of the top two hospitals in cancer care every year since U.S. News andamp; World Report began its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey in 1990.

Best Doctors in America has recognized many of MD Anderson’s physicians for being among the best in the nation. The center has more nurses per patient than many hospitals in the country and they’re world-renowned for using and developing front-line diagnostic technology. That lets physicians pinpoint each patient’s unique cancer and tailor treatment for the best possible outcome.

Cutting-Edge Research

One of their greatest strengths is their ability to translate today’s most promising laboratory findings into tomorrow’s new, more effective and less traumatic treatments. They’ve pioneered countless medical advances over the years. New and innovative therapies generally are available at MD Anderson several years before they become standard in the community. Their clinical trials incorporate state-of-the-art patient care, while evaluating the most recent developments in cancer medicine. They also offer treatment opportunities for difficult or aggressive tumors.

MD Anderson ranks first in the number and amount of research grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute.

Support andamp; Education

At MD Anderson provides a number of important, helpful programs, including:

Integrative Medicine Center: Offers complementary programs, free of charge, to help with the non-medical dimensions of living with cancer.
Anderson Network: A unique cancer support group of current and former patients who can offer the right patient-to-patient advice and encouragement when you need it most.
The Learning Center: Provides books and other learning materials for reference and checkout by patients and their families.
Cancer Prevention Center: Offers programs, counseling services and information to help people make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent cancer or its recurrence.
The Jesse Jones Rotary House International: Provides a home-like environment with personnel who understand our patients’ health care needs.