4th February: World Cancer Day

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Often side effects of radiation treatment or chemo leave your skin dry, rough, flaky, red, and sometimes painful from dehydration, heat, cold or even poor nutrition.

  • Red, rough, flaky skin (although dry skin can look normal)
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Slight bleeding between the lines of skin covering joints, such as knuckles or elbows
  • Add mineral or baby oil to warm bath water and apply Medipod Foot Repair Cream to dry effected areas once towel dried. Medipod Foot Repair Cream will help prevent dry irritated skin, heal cracks and stop the bleeding.
  • Wash with cool or warm water, not hot water.
  • Avoid scrubbing the skin during showers or baths. Gently pat skin dry after bathing.
  • Put on water-based creams such as Medipod Foot Repair Cream twice a day, especially after baths.
  • Avoid colognes, after-shaves, and after-bath splashes that contain alcohol.
  • Use an electric razor.
  • Drink 2 to 3 quarts of liquid a day, if it’s OK with your doctor.
  • Protect your skin from cold and wind. Avoid hot water and heat, especially dry heat.


If you are looking after a cancer patient, call the doctor if the patient:

  • Develops very rough, red, or painful skin
  • Has signs of infection, such as pus or tenderness near broken skin
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