Long-term side effects are something I have learned to deal with.  Doctors would pooh pooh symptoms, and tell me “only XXXX amount of patients get …….whatever I was complaining  about.  But surely, I couldn’t be the only one who has problems. especially when it comes to unsightly itchy skin outbreaks making me miserable and longing to scratch?

Then,  going online I found I was not alone;  others have the same skin problems, And official American health websites seemed more honest about the problems; if you want to look this up some of the best official websites are  https://aftercancers.com/american-websites/

So when I had my latest outbreak (SEE FIG 1)  I was delighted when I came across a true skincare ‘hero’ in the form of a multi-purpose natural moisturising and soothing cream or balm, Hero was designed as a luxury part of everyday skincare, and I found it really helped to sooth away the itching and get rid of the flaky patches and flare-ups. It should come in a gold-plated container; instead of a simple black jar – and boy, does it pack a punch!

Apparently, this balm can be applied to areas of concern including the scalp, face, body, hands, nails and feet.


Containing shea butter, sweet almond oil, calendar oil and vitamin E as well as lime, bergamot, cardamom and black pepper essential oils, it is fresh smelling and easy to use. Simply warm a small amount between your fingertips and smooth on to the affected area.

Cost – £30  Not bad for something that is multi-purpose.

So when I noticed a large ‘Age spot’ appearing on my arm,  (SEE FIG 2) I thought I would give Hero Balm a try.  I didn’t expect anything to happen, especially as my doctor had said this had come up due to age -but, look at the photo of both arms today (FIG 3) and you can see that both the itchy marks AND the Age spot have completely disappeared.  I might have been lucky – but I shall use the Hero Balm the moment the next spot dares to appear!

Now, looking at my fingers I can see I don’t have any finger-prints due to drug side effects (that could be useful!) so I think I will leave them alone, but I still have to be careful not to get cracked skin on my feet, and often have outbreaks of spots, scaly skin and rashes all over my body..

One day, Googling around as one does, I landed on a collection of YouTube videos issued by the American Cancer Society, all acknowledging that cancer survivors get skin problems, and explaining that long-term side effects of cancer drugs, both chemo and hormone therapy, can stay in the body for years after finishing treatment.


What works for oe person might not work for aother;  I am certainly not a Dermatologist so mw=what worked for me might not work for others. But, I’ve still got half a jar of Hero Cream left (it goes a long way) so Bring on the next outbreak – I’ve got my Hero to come to the rescue!