I am finished with my regular radiation treatments, and today I started boosts. I have four treatments remaining. My skin is mostly red, though some of it in the axilla area is brown, itchy, peeling, raw, and horribly painful. I’m hoping the axilla will start healing now that it will not be receiving anymore radiation. My radiation oncologist prescribed silver sulfadiazine cream to prevent infection. Otherwise, I am using Vanicream and Aquaphor.
It looks bad, and it feels worse than it looks. There is a picture under the cut. Don’t click it if you don’t want to see what a radiation wound looks like.
That’s the axilla (armpit/under arm), which received a lot of treatment because I had cancer cells in my lymph nodes, and those lymph nodes were leaking into the surrounding area.
The boosts are fast. I think it took five minutes, and most of that time was spent getting me properly situated on the table.
Have I mentioned that I’m ready to be done? It’s so close, yet so far away.