Hurrah – just in time for summer, you can now get Anthelios anti-sun products at a 20% discount.

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Free on Prescription

We can get some Anthelios products on prescription – but whenever I ask my GP for one, a different Anthelios product arrives.

One time a lovely tinted face cream arrived, which makes a beautiful foundation – but I have never had this again!

Next time was a big bottle of 50+ SPF for the body – again I got a different product the next time.  So now I ask, and when the Chemist has dispensed whatever I can get for free, I can top up with other products at a reduced price.  I reckon there are so many that the Chemist will dispense whatever he has a lot of …..

Why am  I excited about La Roche Posay?

Frightened when my skin developed Skin Lesions (huge bloody blisters which popped whenever I turned over in bed) I dashed to see a Dermatologist at the cancer hospital where I was being treated.

He just pooh – poohed my worries that these were the result of starting on Tamoxifen, and told me it was “just your age”.

Knowing this was wrong, I was lucky enough to meet up with someone who had been on the Committee that approved Tamoxifen.  He said skin problems were well-reported in Clinical Trials, and advised me to go and see a friend at La Roche Posay’s medical centre in France.  There they treat over 10,000 patients with skin problems every year as part of the excellent French healthcare system.

They say that during treatment, the skin undergoes changes throughout the body. These are called “cutaneous side effects”. These changes depend on which treatment is being offered to the cancer patient.
They do not occur systematically, as each person will have a specific reaction, and most of the effects are reversible after the treatment has ended.
These body changes can be balanced and relieved with appropriate dermo-cosmetic care.

The working group European SKIn Management in Oncology (ESKIMO) has analysed and identified the various side effects of treatments and has proposed recommendations of suitable dermo-cosmetic care products. This section is a guide of best practices and products which may help limit and prevent the cutaneous side effects of cancer treatments.
These valuable dermo-cosmetic hygiene tips will help improve patients’ daily lives during their illness.

“Daily cosmetic care is essential to protect the skin from aggressive cancer treatments. It is the key to a better quality of life during treatments.”  Professor Brigitte Dréno*

Do not hesitate to ask your medical team (doctor, oncologist, dermatologist, nurses) about cutaneous effects of cancer treatments.

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