Archive for the ‘Relief from Radiation Side Effects’ Category

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Relief from Radiation Side Effects at Spencer Hospital

img_1319Patients at Spencer Hospital’s Abben Cancer Center in Spencer, Iowa are able to get Jeans Cream to help them with radiation side effects which may result from treatment.

The Abben Cancer Center offers a number of therapies to their patients, including the following:

Radiation Therapy – Radiation therapy is designed to destroy cancerous cells or prevent them from dividing. Since cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells, they are more sensitive to the effects of radiation. Radiation therapy usually is given five days a week for six to eight weeks. Small amounts of radiation are given daily to protect normal tissues in the treatment area and weekend breaks allow the normal cells time to recover. Each treatment visit takes approximately 15 minutes. The radiation therapy program at the Abben Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art equipment identical to that found in the top centers across the country. This includes Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Click here for more information on this progressive technology.

Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy) – Medical Oncology relies on drug therapy, usually administered through an IV, to destroy cancerous cells. The course of chemotherapy is individualized to best treat each patient’s condition and special needs. Our medical oncologists are associated with Avera Cancer Institute of Sioux Falls. Click here to learn more about the medical professionals who serve Abben Cancer Center of Spencer Hospital.

Brachytherapy (Seed Implants) – Working with Northwest Iowa Urologists, radiation oncologist Dr. Donald Nordstrom and the Abben staff, offer brachytherapy as a treatment option. Brachytherapy involves implanting tiny radioactive seeds directly into the cancerous site. Brachytherapy is used most often to treat prostate cancer, but may be used on other forms of cancer as well.

Nutrition Counseling – Our registered dietitian provides individualized nutrition counseling and diet planning.

Social Services – Social workers meet with patients and family members to provide confidential counseling and assistance in securing any services the patient may need such as home health care, Meals on Wheels, etc.

American Cancer Society – The ACS provides a multitude of support services to cancer patients and their families. These services include Road to Recovery (volunteer transportation), Reach for Recovery (counseling by people who can share their experiences and triumphs), Look Good, Feel Better (special cosmetic care), and much more.

Education – To learn more about cancer treatment, research, and prevention, we’ve created an education center for the community with brochures, videos, books and more. We’re also happy to speak to area organizations and provide tours.

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.


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.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Helps Relieve Radiation Side Effects with Jeans Cream

varianDartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) cares about quality of life for patients coping with radiation side effects from cancer treatments. After undergoing radiation therapy, their patients receive tubes of Jeans Cream in order to soothe skin and support healing. We’re honored to provide a top quality product to help them in their vital work as one of the nation’s premier facilities for cancer treatment and research. According to their website, The NCCC is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. They’ve got more than 150 investigators who pursue research opportunities and information, 200 cancer specialists, and 90 oncology nurses. They serve more than 31,000 cancer patients every year.

NCCC provides a positive environment for treatment, cure, and recovery for patients with all forms of cancer. Patients receive technologically advanced cancer treatments and access to clinical trials of new treatments.

NCCC coordinates all cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, providing patients with a full range of treatment options. We strive to bring care as close to home as possible, working with patients’ personal physicians and local specialists to make appropriate therapy available throughout our region. Norris Cotton Cancer Center works closely with doctors and nurses at regional centers in Keene, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and in St. Johnsbury, VT, as well as at affiliated hospitals in northern New England to coordinate patient referral, treatment, and education.

Care at the Cancer Center is coordinated through multidisciplinary clinical oncology teams. Each team brings together physicians, specialty nurses, and other professionals who evaluate individual cases and set standards for treatment. The teams pay particular attention to preventing disfigurement, controlling symptoms such as radiation side effects, eliminating pain, and coping with the emotional distress caused by cancer.

Next Generation in Radiation Technology

The Center has equipment which offers increased precision and safety for treating brain, spine and prostate cancer. In 2013, Norris Cotton Cancer Center was one of the first in the nation to install a new treatment table called the Varian six-degrees-of-freedom couch, just recently approved by FDA. It is an upgrade to their top-of-the-line linear accelerator, the Varian TrueBeam.

This new treatment table on their top machine brings increased precision and efficiency, especially in delicate areas of the body where millimeter accuracy is essential. “Major areas where we envision this being very important include tumors of the brain, the head-and-neck, the prostate, and the vertebral bodies of the spine,” says radiation oncologist Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, interim chief of the Section of Radiation Oncology and associate professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine.

Advancements in radiation treatment technology allow higher doses of radiation to tumors, with less damage to surrounding tissue. A higher dose means fewer treatment sessions overall to treat a tumor, and this reduces radiation side effects.

“In some cases we’ll be able to treat multiple lesions simultaneously, with comparable results to what we see now,” says Hartford. “Thereby the advancements speed up treatment preparation and delivery. For someone undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumor, for example, it could mean spending 30 minutes on the table versus two hours.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Break from Radiation Side Effects – “If Only for a Second”

Have you seen this yet? A french photography and creative crew brought these 20 people (who are all healing from cancer) on a journey through a wonderfully fun and creative makeover experience. One of the greatest gifts these men and women were given was the reprieve from radiation side effects, chemo, worries, etc. They were invited to a studio. Their hair and makeup were completely redone.

Take a look at the joyful unexpected expressions. Wouldn’t it be great to do more of this kind of thing?

Monday, February 18, 2013

How To Cope with Fatigue from Radiation Side Effects

Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 9.34.36 PMFatigue is a common side effect of radiation treatment, and also of other treatments and even just coping with cancer in general. Fatigue can result from different causes such as medical interventions, sleeplessness and emotional distress.

 Coping with Fatigue as a Radiation Side Effect

So how do you cope with fatigue, whether mild or severe? Here are some strategies that may help:

1. Self-care: Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. If you need some help to design a healthy meal plan, consult a nutritionist.

Get more sleep! Set a bedtime and try to stick as closely with it as possible. If you are able, try to fit in one or two short nap times during the day. Even if you don’t fall asleep, the rest and quiet will be helpful for your nervous system.

2. Ask your doctor to check you for anemia. Iron-poor blood can contribute to fatigue.

3. Speak with your doctor about the medications you are taking to see if any of them are making you tired. He or she may be able to adjust dosages and combinations so that you start feeling better quickly.

4. Get some support. Talk to a friend, a therapist, or a support group, and work through any anxiety, anger or grief that may be emerging because of your cancer. Talking and releasing your feelings will help free you from thoughts that would weigh you down and make you tired.

5. Choose to move. Sometimes just getting up and moving will kickstart an energy burst and push you out of a funk. It will also help your body stay healthy and metabolize any physical burden from medications you may be taking.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Help for Radiation Side Effects Available at Hurley Medical Center

Cancer patients at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan can now conveniently purchase Jeans Cream at the Lobby Gift Shop to help their skin cope with radiation side effects. At Hurley Medical CenterHurley, they combine state-of-the-art treatment efforts with educational and support services to achieve faster recovery rates and positive long-term outcomes. Their team of trained oncology specialists is involved in every aspect of screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. Their board-certified physicians and nurses certified by the Oncology Nursing Society develop individual, comprehensive treatment plans for each patient.

Hurley’s cancer program has received continuous approval from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) since 1956 and meets the qualifications for a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. This means that Hurley accessions over 650 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year and in addition to having board-certified experts on staff, the Center provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services that are available on site or by referral. The Center is also required to participate in clinical research.

From helping patients receive the best treatments for their situation, to helping them cope with chemotherapy and radiation side effects, Hurley makes cancer care a priority.  Visit the Hurley Medical Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Enter Our FREE Giveaway of Queasy Pops for Radiation Side Effects!

One of the most common chemotherapy or radiation side effects is nausea, and everyone discovers what works best for queasy popshelping them to ease theirs. Many experts recommend that patients suck on hard candy, which is why Queasy Pops and Queasy Drops are such a great way to find relief. Developed by healthcare professionals, Queasy Pops are all natural, drug free, and use a special formulation of essential oils and aromatherapy to stimulate the trigeminal nerve, a cranial nerve associated with nausea relief. They are also wonderful for helping with dry mouth and can give a nice energy boost.Queasy Pops come in seven flavors: peppermint, cinnamon, sour lemon, papaya, ginger, sour raspberry and green tea with lemon.

Lucky for us! As a special for the Jeans Cream community, Three Lollies, the maker of Queasy Pops, is offering two free boxes of Queasy Pops to two winners of our giveaway. Just leave a comment by 6pm on Wednesday, September 28 and tell us why you (or one of your friends) would love to try Queasy Pops, and we’ll enter you in the drawing to win.

Some technical details…
1. Only one entry will count.
2. Giveaway is open to legal residents of the continental United States who are at least 18 years of age.
3. The winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Friday, July 22, 2011

How To Reduce Radiation Side Effects and Chemotherapy Side Effects

Radiation side effects and chemotherapy side effects can seriously impact a person’s ability to function and feel positive.

Quick tips to help reduce the side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jeans Cream for Radiation Side Effects Available at Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Patients at the Midwestern Regional Cancer Hospital, of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, can conveniently purchase Jeans Cream at the Gift Shop. At Midwestern, they offer a full-range of services, including diagnostic imaging and lab tests, surgical procedures, radiation therapies, and supportive cancer therapies like acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Their team of cancer experts include board-certified radiologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, registered nurses and care managers, licensed and registered dietitians, fully credentialed naturopathic clinicians, licensed mind-body therapists, experienced pain management practitioners, trained and licensed physical therapists, and fully ordained ministers, chaplains and pastoral care staff for spiritual counseling. We consider the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to be among the US’s leaders in cancer care and we’re happy that patients there have on-site access to a great cream that helps comfort and soothe the skin from radiation side effects.

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