Skin Cancer: Radiotherapy & Radiation Dermatitis

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, with millions of people diagnosed each year. Treatment for skin cancer typically involves surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of both. While radiation therapy can be an effective treatment, it may cause a distressing side effect known as radiation dermatitis. Fortunately, KeraStat® Cream is an available prescription option to manage radiation dermatitis.

Radiation Therapy as a Skin Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy is a treatment that uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. It is used to treat all types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Radiation therapy is often used after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells or as the primary treatment for people who cannot undergo surgery.

What is Radiation Dermatitis?

Radiation dermatitis is a common side effect of radiation therapy, affecting up to 95% of patients. It occurs when the skin is exposed to radiation and can involve redness, itching, burning, and peeling. In severe cases, it can lead to painful blisters and open sores. Radiation dermatitis can occur within days of starting radiation therapy and can last for several weeks after treatment ends.

How Radiation Dermatitis Affects Quality of Life for Skin Cancer Patients

Radiation dermatitis can significantly impact the quality of life for skin cancer patients. The symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable, making it difficult to perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and sleeping. In severe cases, radiation dermatitis can lead to infections and hospitalizations. It can also affect a patient’s mental and emotional well-being, causing anxiety and depression.

KeraStat® Cream: A Solution for Managing Radiation Dermatitis

KeraStat® Cream is an FDA-cleared, prescription-strength product designed to manage radiation dermatitis. KeraStat® Cream 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

If you are undergoing radiation therapy for skin cancer, it is 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. (2022). Skin Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer.html.
  2. American Society of Clinical Oncology. (2018). Radiation Dermatitis. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/radiation-therapy/side-effects/radiation-dermatitis.