Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Radiation Rescue?
Radiation Rescue is a silky-smooth hydrogel product that helps to prevent or reduce the skin-related side effects of radiation therapy, including burning, itching, peeling, blistering, swelling and redness.
What are the Ingredients?
Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Optiphen Plus, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca alt., Sepinov EMT-10, TEA 99, Ultrez-10, Chlorobutanol.
How do I apply Radiation Rescue?
For best results, starting with the first radiation treatment, apply Radiation Rescue in a thick layer over the burn area as soon as possible after each radiation treatment. Do not rub in. Leave it on the skin for 15-30 minutes. Any extra product may be lightly rubbed in or carefully wiped off after this time. Apply Radiation Rescue a minimum of two to four times daily and as often as needed or wanted. Radiation Rescue cannot be overused. Continue applying Radiation Rescue after final treatment to minimize delayed side effects.
Why do I start applying it from the first treatment when I feel no burning or pain?
Radiation Rescue cools and soothes the skin and prevents or reduces skin reactions or radiation dermatitis. With continued and systematic cooling, the skin will not have the breakdown that would otherwise occur had it not been regularly cooled.
What types of results should I expect?
Patients have found that when applied as directed, they do not suffer from the extreme side effects that often occur with radiation therapy and their radiation dermatitis is often prevented or reduced. Many of them do not have any radiation burns more serious than a sun burn.
Will using Radiation Rescue have a harmful effect on my radiation therapy?
The radiation is directed to the malignant cells. The high energy radiation is damaging the genetic material of the cancer cells which causes the cell death. Unfortunately, the radiation beams will also kill heathy cells, which is the cause of many severe skin reaction. Normal cells are able to recover from the damage of the radiation. Radiation Rescue has no effect on the cancer cells because its purpose is to cool the healthy skin tissue and to help stop or slow the damage to the healthy skin.
Where can I get Radiation Rescue?
You may order it on amazon.com, lotstolivefor.com, or on our website HERE
Why shouldn’t I simply use aloe vera?
Aloe Vera is a great product that many often use to speed up wound healing. It does not have the ability to draw the heat out of the skin and regularly cool the burn area, thus preventing further skin breakdown. Aloe Vera is a great product to use after the treatments are completed.
Why shouldn’t I use cream based products?
Any burn cream product that is oil-based or contains petrolatum will hold the heat in the burn creating skin damage and breakdown. In order to stop the radiation burn progression and minimize the skin damage, it is necessary to cool the skin. Radiation Rescue’s water-based formula is cooling and soothing, while it draws the heat out of the skin.
Can I use Radiation Rescue with other radiation burn treatment products?
Yes, Radiation Rescue may be used in conjunction with other products. However, if used with any petroleum-based product, the heat will continue to be trapped into the skin creating increased radiation burn and tissue breakdown.
Is Radiation Rescue OTC or a Prescription?
We created Radiation Rescue as an over-the-counter radiation therapy product (FDA Class 1 Medical Device) so that it is easily accessible to everyone. No prescriptions needed.
Will my insurance cover this item?
Insurance does not currently cover the cost of Radiation Rescue, but we have competitive and affordable pricing.
Do I need to use a skin care product during my treatments?
Most doctors and healthcare professionals will recommend using a skin care product during treatments. Skin changes are common and expected during radiation therapy. Nearly 8 out of 10 people will experience a significant skin reaction during their radiation treatments for cancer. Called radiation dermatitis, it usually starts as redness and warmth and looks a lot like a rash, with increased sensitivity to touch and a “tight” feeling. As the skin reaction becomes more severe, dryness, itching and peeling occur, leaving tender, red skin, which may ooze clear fluid and become crusty. The chance of experiencing a serious skin reaction increases if the skin receiving radiation has had previous surgery, has another skin surface touching it, if the person smokes or is a diabetic. (Dr. Louise)
How does Radiation Rescue compare to other radiation burn products currently on the market?
While other products may help to soothe or cover the affected skin, they do not have the ability to draw the heat out of the healthy skin tissue. Early and regular cooling of a burn prevents or reduces the breakdown that would otherwise occur from radiation burn treatments.
What parts of my body can I use Radiation Rescue on?
Radiation Rescue is safe to use on any exterior part of the body. It is not harmful if ingested, but also not recommended.
Does the product need to be removed prior to irradiation?
Is it sticky or will it stain my clothes?
Because Radiation Rescue is a water-based hydrogel it will not stain clothing and is non-sticky and non-greasy.
Can I use Radiation Rescue prior to Radiation Therapy treatments?
It is not recommended to use Radiation Rescue or any other product 4 hours prior to receiving Radiation Therapy.