R1 and R2 provides relief during and after radiation treatment.
To help make your skin feel more comfortable during and after radiation treatment, your medical team may recommend you to use R1 and R2. This is a new two-step treatment that cools, soothes, relieves pain, hydrates, reduces redness and helps to keep skin healthy. The first step in the treatment is R1 Cooling Gel. The second step is R2 Moisturising Lotion.
What happens to your skin before and after radiation treatment.1
Radiation treatment uses high energy rays like x-rays to treat disease inside your body. But to get to the right place, these rays have to pass through your skin. As they do so, they heat the skin and attack healthy skin cells, which break down and die. This may make your skin sore, leading to dryness, itching or peeling. If your skin gets too sore, it may delay your next treatment. Skin repairs itself quite quickly, but if you are having treatment almost every day, your skin cells simply do not have enough time to grow back between treatments.
Why R1 and R2 have been developed.
Water-Jel Technologies, who have developed and manufactured R1 and R2, are world experts in the treatment of thermal burns. R1 and R2 is their answer to the problem of treating the side effects which can occur on the skin during and after radiation treatment.
Testimonial from Dr J.Jordaan, South African Oncologist.
"Thank you for the opportunity to use R1 and R2 gel on my breast radiation patients. I am really stunned by the results. These patients tolerated their radiation exceptionally well. Their skin was soft and moist throughout the treatment. Desquamation was only observed in one patient that did not apply the gel as instructed. I am really impressed with the outcome. The patients using the gel were very satisfied. Thank you once again."
1. DoH, 2011. Best Practice Guidance on joint working between the NHS and pharmaceutical industry and other commercial organisations. [online] Available at http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/
2: Manas, A et al. Topical R1 and R2 Prophylactic Treatment of Acute Radiation Dermatitis in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck and Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Chemoradiotherapy. ePlasty 2015; 15: 211-221