Head & Neck Cancer: Radiotherapy & Radiation Dermatitis

Head and neck cancers form in the oral cavity, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, or salivary glands. Radiation therapy, used to treat these cancers, may cause side effects, including radiation dermatitis. KeraStat® Cream is an available prescription product for managing radiation dermatitis.

Radiation Therapy as a Head & Neck Cancer Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill head and neck cancer cells and is often used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. This treatment can cause a range of side effects including fatigue, nausea, and hair loss. One of the most common side effects is radiation dermatitis, a skin reaction that ranges from mild redness and itching to more severe skin conditions.

What is Radiation Dermatitis?

Radiation dermatitis can begin as mild redness and itching and progress to more severe blistering, peeling, and ulceration of the skin. It can be painful, uncomfortable, and interfere with daily activities such as eating and speaking. In severe cases, radiation dermatitis may even delay cancer treatment or lead to infection and hospitalization, further impacting the patient’s quality of life.

KeraStat® Cream: A Solution for Managing Radiation Dermatitis

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. Additionally, 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

Cancer patients deserve to be heard and validated by their radiation oncologists. KeraStat® Cream is an innovative solution for managing radiation dermatitis. Talk to your doctor about radiation dermatitis and options, including KeraStat® Cream. You have the right to talk to your doctor – you don’t need anyone’s permission.

KeraStat® Cream offers hope and a better quality of life for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Start a conversation with your doctor before your first radiation therapy treatment is scheduled.

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


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