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Struggling with skin blisters

16 Dec 2017 03:49

Hello, I am 15 treatments into a 28 day cycle of chemoradiotherapy to treat Anal Cancer. My skin all around my vagina and bottom is so so sore and blistered that using any hydrogel, Aloe Vera or E45 is out of the question. I am dosed up on Morphine and Oromorph for the pain but has anyone been suggested anything else that may help me in the meantime for healing before it all starts again on Monday?


A rather desperate lass of 36. Thanks.

Re: Struggling with skin blisters

16 Dec 2017 08:32 in response to Ricaroo1

Hello Ricaroo1,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having to deal with these blisters and that you haven't found relief. I hope some of our members who have had similar experiences will pop by very shortly to offer advice but in the meantime, you might want to have a look here at this page from our website and hopefully, this will help a bit. 

Also, if you think that asking someone medically trained for advice might help, our cancer nurses will be happy to take your call. Their lines are open Monday - Friday between 9 a.m - 5 p.m on 0808 800 4040.

I hope you feel better soon.

Best wishes,

Renata, Cancer Chat Moderator





Re: Struggling with skin blisters

17 Dec 2017 23:16 in response to Ricaroo1

Hi Ricaroo - you poor thing - I'm sorry to hear this. I had this same treatment nearly 7 years ago.  I can't suggest any creams but I kept the soreness and blistering to a minimum by keeping the area aired and by not sitting on it at all - so keeping the blood flowing in that area.  In fact I didn't sit down at all for the whole of my treatment - I would lie on my side instead.  You could also ask them for some Installagel - its meant for internal soreness but it might work.  Incidentally I just popped onto this group after a long absence - keep going with the treatment - even when it's painful.  It works.  Good luck. x

Re: Struggling with skin blisters

18 Dec 2017 13:52 in response to Ricaroo1

Would the r1 and r2 radiotherapy creams and gels be any good? Just thinking out loud. 

Re: Struggling with skin blisters

18 Dec 2017 14:40 in response to Ricaroo1

Hi Ricaroo,

People with stomas can access a range of barrier creams and, more importantly if it hurts too much to put creams on, barrier spray. This is specifically designed to create a barrier against stool/mucus/urine and dries in seconds.

Because people have different skins, some sprays can cause a negative reaction but if you could experiment with a range, you might find one that suits.

I suggest talking to a stoma nurse at the hospital where you have treatment to see if they'd be prepared to give you a couple of samples.

Alternatively, you could contact a supply company such as Coloplast and buy some.

They give out free samples but I think you have to have a stoma to get them.