My Journey with Breast Cancer In 2002, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I underwent breast-recovering surgery (lumpectomy and lymph node removal), 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments. During the course of my radiation therapy, I experienced painful burns to the radiated areas around my breast. Desperate for relief, I used my pharmacy expertise and developed a skin-cooling compress that significantly lessened the burning and provided me the relief I was seeking. Over the last 14 years, I’ve shared my skin-cooling formula with dozens of women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer who also experienced similar relief when using my product. My hope is that every radiation therapy patient can benefit from my product while they endure their treatments.
Natasha Polster, RPhNatasha Polster is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
- Breast Cancer Statistics: It is estimated that there were more than 3.8 million women living in the US with a history of invasive breast cancer as of January 1, 2020.
- In 2019 an additional ~300,000 US women and men were diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Treatment for breast cancer can involve breast-conserving surgery (BCS – lumpectomy/partial mastectomy) or full mastectomy, accompanied with chemotherapy and/or radiation.
- Over 50% of US breast cancer patients will receive radiation therapy in addition to other treatments (Breast-conserving surgery, mastectomy, and/or chemotherapy)Source: American Cancer Society, Surveillance and Health Services Research, 2019
- Radiation therapy is a highly targeted and highly effective way to destroy cancer cells in the breast.
- The skin in the upper inner corner of your breast is more prone to get red and/or irritated than other areas because the angle of the radiation beam is parallel to the skin in that location—causing the radiation to skim across the skin.