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How can I minimize skin reactions from radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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Try these tips:

  • Gently cleanse the treated area using lukewarm water and a mild soap. Don't rub. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel or use a hair dryer on a cool setting.
  • Try not to scratch or rub the treated area.
  • Don't apply any ointment, cream, lotion, or powder to the treated area unless your radiation oncologist or nurse prescribes it.
  • Don't wear tight-fitting clothing or clothes made from harsh fabrics such as wool or corduroy. These fabrics can irritate the skin. Instead, choose clothes made from softer natural fibers such as cotton.
  • Don't apply medical tape or bandages to the treated area.
  • Don't expose the treated area to extreme heat or cold. Avoid using an electric heating pad, hot water bottle, or ice pack.
  • Stay away from direct sunlight, as sun exposure may intensify your skin reaction and lead to severe sunburn. Choose a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Do this even after your treatment is over.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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