Radiation treatment is widespread & effective.
Radiation therapy is a well studied, long-proven and commonly used modality for the treatment of cancer. According to the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO ), nearly two-thirds of patients with cancer will recieve radiation treatment.ASTRO further asserts that, in 2015, this represented more than 32.2 million treatments delivered by more than 5,000 radiation oncologists to roughly 1.11 million patients. Of these, about 88 percent of were treated with external-beam radiation.
Radiation affects the skin, which can delay treatment.
One of the most common side effects of external-beam radiation therapy is an acute skin reaction, radiation dermatitis, which can range from a mild rash to severe ulceration. About 85 percent of radiation therapy patients will experience moderate to severe radiation dermatitis. Skin reactions like these can be painful, itchy and unsightly. Worst of all, they can force interruptions in treatment in order to give the skin time to recover. Because treatment breaks can increase the risk of local cancer recurrence, avoiding them is crucial during radiation therapy.
To protect the skin, providers use many methods.
In response to the problem of radiation-induced dermatitis, treatment centers and specialists recommend a wide variety of methods to prevent and manage adverse skin reactions. Of these, petroleum-based topical agents are quite commonly recommended and used. But this is problematic, because studies have shown that petroleum-based products provide no clear benefit in the prevention or management of radiation toxicity to the skin.
Petroleum products, though widely used, aren’t supported by the science.
In a small study of breast-cancer patients who received chest wall irradiation, petrolatum gel showed no signficant benefit over those patients who had received no topical treatment. In a larger Phase III study of women undergoing radiation treatment of the breast, petroleum-based topical treatment demonstrated no benefit as a prophylactic agent for radiation-induced skin toxicity. At the same time, buildup of petroleum product at the skin may have some potential to increase the radiation dose to the skin, which could increase skin toxicity, adverse skin effects and risk of treatment delays.
Evidence shows that aqueous cream helps.
Aqueous cream, a light paraffin-based emulsion, has long been used as a topical medicine and emollient moisturizer. And its usefulness for treating and protecting skin from the effects of radiation is supported by science. In a Phase III study of 225 breast-cancer patients, those women who applied a topical aqueous cream throughout radiation treatment and for two weeks afterward experienced much less dry desquamation (dryness, scaling and itchiness) than those who used aloe vera. The researchers concluded that aqueous cream was useful in reducing both dry desquamation and pain associated with radiation treatment.
Kool Relief: Scientifically formulated from physics and Thermodynamics to protect the patient & avoid treatment breaks.
Made of medical grade aluminum with a hard finish anodizing, Kool relief is designed specifically to reduce the effects of radiation on the skin and soothe and cool radiation-damaged skin. Developed by long standing thermodynamic principles, Kool Relief offers a unique radiation treatment cooling effect never seen by any other product. Physics and logic will show that to some degree radiation beam treatments will not only affect the targeted tumor cells and the entry point of the beam on the skin, but everything else in between. The primary focus of testing has been on the Burn relief of burns associated with Breast Cancer treatments. It has been our discovery that when using a laser thermometer on a neutral and radiated breast of the same person, the neutral breast temperature will match the body’s core temp. Core temp can be established from similar temperatures displaying from any part of the body when tested. Our post findings with a patient 2 years out from treatment, has found that the radiated breast consistently run 5- 10 degrees hotter than the patients core temp or neutral breast. Kool Relief is the only product using thermodynamics to draw heat from the radiation treatment site while having the benefit of giving the patient a cool sensation that will cancel out the discomfort from the skin pain side effects.
A common treatment for cancer, radiation therapy does cause adverse effects to the skin. These effects can force delays in the radiation therapy, which increase the risk of local cancer recurrences. For this reason, providers use a variety of methods to protect the skin... including some — particularly petroleum-based products — that have no scientifically demonstrated benefit.It can be shown that Kool Relief can help prevent or delay the onset of radiation dermatitis, which can help prevent treatment breaks.