Care Of Skin In External Radiation Fields Instruct the patient to do the following

Wash the skin gently with mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat dry daily. Leave (not wash off) the dark ink markings that outline the radiation field. Avoid applying any lotions, perfumes, deodorants, or powder to the treatment area. Wear soft, nonrestrictive cotton clothing directly over the treatment area. Protect the skin from sunlight and extreme cold.

CARE AFTER THE INSERTION OF A PERMANENT RADIOISOTOPE. Instruct the patient to observe for lost seeds in bed linens. Teach the patient to use tweezers to place lost seeds in aluminum foil, wrap them tightly, and take them to the radiation oncology department at the hospital. Teach the patient to call the physician if he experiences a temperature over 100°F, burning or difficulty with urination, excessive bleeding or clots in urine, or rectal bleeding.

FOLLOW-UP CARE. Teach the patient when to see the physician for follow-up care and to watch for any sign of recurrent disease.

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