This health video focuses on the ways to help reduce or erase the side effects caused by radiation treatments.
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Jennifer Matthews: Penny Cecil never expected the breast cancer diagnosis she got a year ago. Penny Cecil: I had no problems, no pain, no lumps, nothing, just picked up in a routine mammogram. Jennifer Matthews: With daughter Baylee at her side, Penny was determined to survive. Penny Cecil: I just couldn't imagine her going through life without her mother. Jennifer Matthews: Penny had a lumpectomy and radiation. But radiation Maitland DeLand offered something else, a way to prevent the burning and pain that comes with radiation. Maitland DeLand : Nobody had thought about preventing it, and I think it is wonderful to prevent something rather than have to take care of it later. Jennifer Matthews: In a small study, women received LED photo-modulation after each radiation session. The treatment uses low-energy lights at a specific wavelength and frequency to repair skin cells. Maitland DeLand: The LED provides a protective effect for the skin. It basically stimulates collagen to regenerate. Jennifer Matthews: 95% of women who received the LED treatment had only mild or no burning or pain from radiation. The treatment is painless and takes just 30 seconds. Maitland DeLand: If I can make it better for them, that is what motivates me. Jennifer Matthews: The LED treatment did make radiation better for Penny. Penny Cecil: I felt nothing, no pain. My prognosis is great. It has been a year s of now, cancer-free. Jennifer Matthews: And free to enjoy every minute with her daughter. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.