Posts Tagged ‘Jeans Cream News’

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”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Radiation Side Effects: How To Cope with Nausea

Nausea is a common side effect of radiation therapy. Within a few hours of receiving treatment, you may find that your radiation side effects: nauseastomach is upset and you may even have the urge to vomit. This does not mean that the cancer is getting worse or that the treatments are not working. You could just be experiencing one of the common radiation side effects.

Here are some tips to help you cope with nausea if you are experiencing it as one of the radiation side effects:

1. Go easy on your stomach. Eat smaller amounts more often, and chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Try to avoid foods that are heavy on spices or fats, as these can be a lot for your stomach to digest.

2. Try to eat when you don’t feel sick – perhaps several hours before or after your radiation treatment. This will help your body manage the food and digestive process better.

3. Some people find that salty foods and cold foods, along with ice cold drinks, can be helpful in keeping the stomach settled. Try both and see what helps you the most.

4. If you need to lie down, try keeping your head propped up above your stomach. Sometimes the moving around of stomach acid can lead to an upset stomach.

If you are indeed throwing up as a result of your radiation treatments, you may become dehydrated. Be sure to drink extra water and speak with your health care staff to make sure your body maintains an optimal level of fluids.

As always, if your symptoms seem extreme or give you reason for alarm, alert your doctor or nurse immediately.

Most radiation side effects such as nausea, will only be with you for a short while until a bit after you’ve stopped radiation and your body has had time to recover and regain balance. As long as you’re under the supervision of a healthcare professional, you should be in good hands. Just take it easy, take care of yourself and allow for more resting and slow moving days than you would if everything were normal.

You are in a healing process and its important to take good care of yourself and also to stay out of stress or judgment as much as you are able to.

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.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Radiation Side Effects Common In Breast Cancer Treatment

In this short video, hospital Dr. Forouzannia explains the acute and long-term side effects of breast cancer radiation therapy. Acute radiation side effects experienced during the treatment include fatigue, generic skin irritation, and irritation of the ribs. Long-term effects could include risk of lung fibrosis, damage to the lung and heart, and increased likelihood of developing heart disease.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Would You Say to the Heroes of 9/11 Who Now Have Cancer?

firefighters 9/11Yesterday the federal government added over 50 cancers to the list of health problems that will be covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, order which brings coverage to rescue workers and people who were living near ground zero on September 11, 2001. While many argue that funding for this will run out pretty quickly, they are also glad the post-tragedy problems the heroes of 9/11 are facing are finally being acknowledged.

Certainly each cancer has its own set of challenges, symptoms and treatments, but from what you learned through the course of your own battle with cancer, what would you like to tell those who fought hard for others on the day the towers fell and are now fighting hard for their own lives?

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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hope ~ A Quote by Richard Bloch

We recently came upon this quote and wanted to share it. The following passage has been excerpted from a letter on the value of optimism in treating cancer. To read the full letter, recipe click here.Hope

There is no such thing as false hope for a cancer patient. Hope is as unique with each individual as a finger print. For some it is the hope to make a complete recovery. But it might also be the hope to die peacefully; the hope to live until a specific event happens; the hope to live with the disease; the hope to have their doctor with them when needed; the hope to enjoy today. Just as each case of cancer is unique, each person is different. Each individual has the right to be told all their options and then decide for themselves.

~ Richard Bloch, co-founder of H andamp; R Block, Inc. and founder of the R. A. Bloch Cancer Foundation

Richard BlochIn March, 1978, Richard A. Bloch was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and told that he had three months to live. He chose to fight for his life and was declared cancer-free two years later. For the remaining twenty-six years of his life, Dick and his wife, Annette, devoted themselves to helping the next person with cancer have the best chance of beating it.  Dick passed away in July, 2004 of heart failure.  The R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation continues the mission under Annette’s leadership.

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:

Monday, July 11, 2011

One Step at a Time

If you’re healing from cancer or cancer treatments and are coping with radiation side effects, or side effects from chemotherapy, one step at a timeyou may feel overwhelmed. If you’ve been trying to heal from eczema and haven’t yet been able to clear it up, you may feel resigned or frustrated. If your life seems particularly demanding right now, if it’s pushing you to new limits, know that you don’t have to run full force to the finish line. You just have to do what is before you. You just have to take one step at a time. Take good care of yourself by resting, moving at a pace that feels comfortable, and allowing yourself to handle no more than what you can handle. Right now, you just have to take one step at a time.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to Inspire Hope When Life Seems Hopeless

GUEST POST BY LORI HOPE

I recently had lunch with someone I often think of as my “miracle pal,” my dear friend Roxanne. Her advanced cervical cancer returned more than Lori Hopea year ago, after an almost two year remission, but she has remained remarkably healthy.

Rox chose not to pursue any more conventional treatment. Her doctor told her that undergoing chemo again would only extend her life for a very short time, and since she was symptom-free, she chose to live her days fully, pursuing alternative treatment modalities, including and perhaps most important, what brings her joy.

But joy wasn’t what I saw as we waited for the black-haired waitress to bring our spicy tuna sandwiches. I sensed a sadness in Rox; It looked like hope had drained from her face like blood from a tournequeted finger. Knowing how private she is, I let her take the communicative lead; in other words, I simply asked in a nonchalant way how she was doing, and allowed her to choose the topic of conversation. She kept things light, but I could feel a heaviness sinking her soul.

I kept wondering how I could impart hope to her. Was that in fact even possible? It’s easy to dash hope; people inadvertently do it all the time by telling cancer “horror stories.” But how do you give someone hope, besides telling a success story of someone else who fared well or survived?

I know that telling people with cancer to think positively can actually make them feel worse. Yet everyone knows that thinking positively makes one feel more hopeful. So it would follow that people with cancer would want to be reminded, “You have to be positive.” Right?

Wrong. Hope is a feeling, while positive thinking is a mental construct. It can be nigh impossible to “change your mind” and think about the bright side when you’re traumatized. And it’s normal to feel sad, angry, and even hopeless when faced with a diagnosis of cancer.

But there is still great hope for inspiring hope. Here’s what I’ve found. When someone shows me they love me, when they demonstrate that they accept me for who I am, right now, even when I’m being cranky or negative, it makes me feel better, and therefore more hopeful. Studies show that social support increases feelings of hope.

When I’m criticized or told what to do, the implication is that I’m not doing it — whatever “it” is — well enough. That can undermine my confidence and make me feel worse.

Over lunch, I told my friend that I love being with her. That I love her calm energy, but that I love her whether her energy’s calm or not or whether she’s feeling up or down. I told her how much I love our friendship.

By providing comfort, love, and confidence, and by silently supporting her treatment or lack of treatment decision, even if it’s not the decision I would make, I think I inspired hope. At least I hope I did.

It’s always a struggle to say and do the “right thing,” and, sometimes nothing you say or do will be “right,” because your friend or loved one is so stressed and therefore mercurial. Hence, the statement that people with cancer want you to know, “My moods change day to day; please forgive me if I snap at you,” rings all too true all too often.

But by just being there, and by listening, you can make a world of difference. By telling someone you are thinking about them, that you love them, that you believe in them, you can help them live a richer, more meaningful, and more miraculous life.

Always hope,
Lori Hope

Cancer survivor, Lori Hope is the author of Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know, Amazon.com’s second bestselling “cancer support” book. A newly expanded second edition of the book will be out next year. You can find more of Lori’s work on her blog. And if you’d like to participate in an anonymous survey about what was most helpful — and not so helpful — to you after receiving a cancer diagnosis, please click here. Participants will be eligible to receive a package of outstanding health and healing books.