Hydrogel Sheets and Cooler Rolls for Radiation Burn Care and Comfort

By Margot Malin, Founder and CEO, Lots To Live For, Inc.

There are a number of products to help heal and soothe radiation burns. Most people are acquainted with ointments, lotions and sprays. Flying under the radar are another set of items in the tool box: hydrogel sheets and cooler rolls. We will educate you about these products in this post.

Gel sheets are a handy and noninvasive product that can be used for radiation burn care. They help to soothe and calm radiation burns. Some of our customers tell us they provide incredible relief from pain and itching and that allows them to continue with daily chores and especially to sleep at night! The great thing about gel sheets is that they can be left on for long periods of time (for some people, up to 3 days though most people change them more frequently) and they provide continuous relief. They can also be used in conjunction with lotions and sprays.

Two different types of hydrogel products are CoolMagic Gel Sheets and Lindiskin Cooler Rolls.

CoolMagic Hydrogel Sheets come in 2 sizes: 3.75 inches x 3.75 inches OR 6 inches x 8 inches (10 per box) and they can be trimmed to the appropriate size.

  • This light-weight, see-through polymer sheet provides instant cooling to burns, abrasions, skin tears, radiation reactions and sensitive wounds, effectively reducing pain.
  • The sterile hydrogel polymer sheet consists of 90% water, 10% inactive crosslinked polyethylene oxide matrix, and it transfers heat away from the wound, providing a cooling effect.
  • Cooling action relieves pain of burning, itching, or sore skin
  • Can be refrigerated for greater cooling capacity
  • Allows oxygen flow while preventing bacteria or foreign material from entering wound.

CoolMagic is mentioned enthusiastically in several cancer blogs by cancer patients who have used these dressings and received relief. (ie. cancercompass.com)

Suggestions for use of CoolMagic gel sheets:

  1. Apply over wound for a cool, soothing effect.
  2. Change the dressing every 24 to 36 hours. They should be discarded after use.
  3. Hold in place with tape or stretch gauze (you may or may not need tape or gauze).

CoolMagic gel sheets receive rave customer reviews. Here are 2 sample reviews from customers:
perfect wound dressing for radiation burns 5 Star Review (2/2015)

“I only wish we had found this website and this product earlier in my father’s skin cancer journey. The large burned area was very difficult to protect and even soft cotton handkerchiefs stuck to the wound or creams. The 6×8 hydrogel dressing is easy to apply and comes away easily without sticking to the wound. Dad finds relief the minute this dressing is applied. I wish I had known about this when treating pressure sores some months ago. This will be a vital part of my first aid kit from now on.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, expensive, but well worth it. (8/2016)

“Recovering from radiation burns I was so fortunate to have found these pads available online.”

DO NOT USE CoolMagic FOR: Full Thickness Wounds, Infected Wounds or 3rd Degree Burns.

Another option is the LindiSkin Cooler Roll, which are more economical.

LindiSkin Coolers provide intense relief to areas that are burned or dehydrated. They are designed to soothe compromised skin with the natural cooling and moisturizing effects of water and aloe vera in gentle non-adhesive dressings designed to be applied after radiation therapy.

Skin Coolers are especially effective on hyper-sensitive, compromised skin. They can be used on radiation dermatitis, sunburn, “hot flashes”, or itchy, dry skin. During radiation therapy, skin should always be washed and free of any product. Skin Coolers should be used after each treatment.

To relieve areas that are burned or dehydrated, look to the immediate cooling comfort and intense hydration of the LindiSkin Cooler Roll. The natural properties of water and aloe vera combine to help soothe any compromised area and promote a moist, healing environment for healthy skin. Leave on area for 20-45 minutes. LindiSkin Cooler Roll is designed to be custom cut for your needs and conform to the size and shape of the wound. Simply cut, apply to skin and then discard after one-time use.

The size of the LindiSkin Cooler Roll is – 1 roll (4 in x 60 in)

Both products can be refrigerated before use, but they don’t have to be. They will naturally adhere to the skin, and peel off easily when you want to remove them. Neither product is suggested for use on broken skin.

Additional creams. lotions and sprays which are very popular and can be used in conjunction with gel sheets include: RADX Radiation Therapy Cream (contains 2% lidocaine for pain relief), MPM Regenecare Gel or Spray (also contains lidocaine), CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray (no lidocaine) or My Girls Cream (no lidocaine).

Lots To Live For, Inc. was created with the belief that everyone should be as comfortable as possible during cancer treatment. We offer you the tools to provide relief and enhance your comfort. “Patients are naturally more satisfied when they are empowered through knowledge,” says Rodney Ganey. We hope the information about, and the knowledge and use of these products during treatment will help to satisfy and empower you during your treatment.

The Power of Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Naural Therapies For CancerWhat is herbal medicine?

In the modern times, herbal medicine ranks amongst the oldest methods of treatment and is yet widely available.  It is a kind of medicine that is derived exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbal medicines are composed of plants or botanical sources used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. It also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine. Using herbs for its medicinal purpose has long been recorded in history dating from ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings. Particularly, the use of herbal medicines is prevalent in Chinese practice as well as all over Asia. Herbal medicine is used to regulate the body’s ability to protect, restore and heal itself. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is the most widely used complementary therapy. It is used to help the body heal itself or reduce the side effects of medical therapies.

How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine is in use since thousands of years across many cultures of the world. Herbalist tries to find the underlying cause of the illness rather than treating a single symptom. A herbalist believes that a particular illness can be treated using herbs if those herbs restore the body’s balance and perfect harmony. According to experts, good herbs activate life force and its energy. In herbal medicine “herbal synergy” is the key principle. Herbal medicine works upon the idea of ‘synergy’, that is, it makes drugs out of several plant ingredients. This theory is way too different from the modern medicine that uses a single compound to deal with a symptom or an illness. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is used to treat, what herbalist believe, the underlying energy balances that cause disorders promoting cancer in the patient’s body.

Where is herbal medicine found?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment consists of several plants, herbs, and flowers, as a whole or as an extract. Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional methods are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A BSc. or an equivalent certificate is required to become a herbalist, who holds the same diagnostic skills as a physician. The degree program includes a vast knowledge of plant medicine and orthodox medicine.  However, Herbalists take a holistic approach towards illnesses, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They can prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to Herbalist by their GP for treatment. The herbal medicine comes in the form of capsules, powder, teas and extracts.

Advantage of herbal medicine with different types of cancers

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment and their derivative phytol compounds are increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer. A large volume of clinical studies has reported the beneficial effects of herbal medicines on the survival, immune modulation, and quality of life of cancer patients when these herbal medicines are used in combination with conventional therapeutics. Herbal medicine is useful in complementing breast cancer treatment. Isoflavones, compounds found in several vegetables and plants sources has been found effective in treating breast cancer. Herbal medicine is also used to lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. Herbal extracts that contain numerous polyphenolic compounds may contribute to the lower incidence of prostate cancer in Asian males. Cancer of the lungs is one of the deadliest of its type, and the chemotherapy employed for its treatment has high mortality rates. According to recent studies, herbal medications and their phytochemical ingredients can provide an effective therapy for the treatment of lung cancer. Such plant-derived compounds cast little or no toxicity at all.  Herbs are mainly used in lung cancer to reduce therapy-associated toxicity and cancer-related symptoms and sometimes to directly increase anticancer effects. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is also used to treat liver and pancreatic cancer. They are also used as an adjuvant therapy along with conventional cancer treatment regimens.

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is employed for the treatment of several forms of cancer by introducing cytotoxic chemicals into the patient’s system. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is mainly used as an adjuvant to chemotherapy, to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce its debilitating side effects. Trails on the herbal medicine used alongside chemotherapy to treat hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, have shown promising results. Several herbal remedies are used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and also, protect the non-cancerous cells of the body; herbal medicines are also used to elevate energy levels of cancer patients

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of radiation?

Radiotherapy involves delivering radioactive rays to the area affected by cancer. The procedure has several side effects including diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, urinary issues such as pain and incontinence swelling,  and difficulty during swallowing.

Research on Cumin (a spice mostly used in curries for taste enhancement) revealed the fact that it contains anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties, that may together aid in protecting the skin against radiation-induced damage. Other research in animals shows that the herb Ginkgo Biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And although Aloe Vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes, a 2005 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that topical aloe Vera is effective in preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions. Thus, herbal medicine for cancer treatment has several benefits.

Does herbal medicine increase the quality of life and survival rate?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment along with traditional cancer treatment methods has been shown to increase the quality of life in the patients. It is used to treat side effects of the cancer treatments and is also used to heal the body afterward. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment also increases the survival rate by not only preventing the formation of cancerous cells but also decreases the mortality caused by cancer treatments.

If you want a personalized recommendation on your case, Contact Dr. Adem for online cancer consultation.  

References:

Cancer treatments the media never talks about could save your life
Herbal medicine
20 herbs that fight cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

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