Breast Cancer: Radiotherapy & Radiation Dermatitis

Breast cancer refers to several types of cancer that can occur in parts of the breast. The most common types of breast cancer occur in the ducts or lobules of the breast. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, is a common treatment for cancer. While it can be an effective treatment option, it can also cause a range of side effects, including radiation dermatitis. Unfortunately, radiation dermatitis can have a significant and negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. An option to manage radiation dermatitis that has been shown to be effective is KeraStat® Cream.

Radiation Therapy as a Breast Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer. This therapy involves using high-energy radiation to target and kill cancer cells. The goal is to shrink tumors and eliminate cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue. Radiation treatment may be used after surgery or in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy.

Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects

While radiation therapy may be an effective treatment for cancer, it can also cause a range of side effects. One of the most common side effects is radiation dermatitis, a skin reaction that occurs when the radiation damages the skin cells. Symptoms of radiation dermatitis include redness, itching, burning, and blistering of the skin. The severity of the symptoms can vary depending on the radiation dose and the individual patient.

Breast Cancer Treatment Quality of Life

Radiation dermatitis can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. This skin condition can cause discomfort, pain, and itching, which can make it difficult for patients to sleep or perform daily activities. In some cases, radiation dermatitis may result in infection, which can further complicate the treatment process. Additionally, cosmetic outcomes of radiation dermatitis can lead to feelings of embarrassment, depression, or anxiety, all of which negatively impact the quality of life for cancer patients.

Why Choose KeraStat® Cream?

KeraStat® Cream is an FDA-cleared, prescription-strength product developed to manage radiation dermatitis. It is made with keratin, a protein naturally found in human hair. Moreover, KeraStat® Cream is the result of over 12 years of research. KeraStat® Cream has been shown to be effective in managing radiation dermatitis, reducing symptoms such as redness, itching, and pain, and improving the overall quality of life for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Talk to Your Doctor About KeraStat® Cream

If you are undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the potential side effects, including radiation dermatitis. Ask your doctor about options to manage radiation dermatitis, including KeraStat® Cream. With the right course of action, you can manage the symptoms of radiation dermatitis and improve your quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

KeraStat® Cream is indicated for the management of Radiation Dermatitis; available by prescription; for topical use only.

Sources

  1. American Cancer Society. (2021). Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment/radiation-therapy-for-breast-cancer.html.
  2. National Cancer Institute. (2021). Radiation Therapy Side Effects. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/radiation-therapy/radiation-side-effects.