Skin is the largest single organ so it’s not surprising that, when you are being treated for cancer, you skin starts to react-and to change. It can become sore, dry, itchy or sensitive, or you may sweat more, particularly at night. But there is a solution. The unique benefits of bamboo clothing and bedding could help you feel more comfortable, not just during the day but around the clock. Bamboo can help you sleep better, and may even reduce your risk of infection after surgery. By lessening the severity of some of the symptoms associated with cancer treatment, bamboo can make a significant difference to you recovery and sense of well-being.
Cancer treatment including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery and drug regimes, such as hormone therapy, can all affect your skin – and the way it looks and feels. It can become hot, dry, sensitive or itchy, so it makes sense to wear something next to you skin which is soft and soothing.
It’s often said that bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool – it feels much softer and luxurious to the touch. And, although it is a gentle fabric that sits lightly on your skin, it is strong and durable too.
Developing an infection after you have had surgery can prolong the time it takes you to recover, so it’s important to do what you can to reduce the risk of infection. Bamboo contains an antimicrobial agent called bamboo kun that gives it unique antibacterial qualities. It’s anti-fungal and odour resistance too and, as all these properties are long lasting, you bamboo clothing and bedding will cope with frequent washing.
Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can weaken your immune system. Exposure to strong sunlight can weaken it even further and it’s essential to protect your skin from the damage that sunlight can do. Wearing bamboo helps by cutting out 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Bamboo is available across a range of clothing – hats and head wear, bras socks and pyjama’s. What to choose will depend on what type of cancer and cancer treatment you have and the symptoms you are experiencing.