Topic of the month – October 2013

Breast cancer – care for yourself after surgery

Many women are affected by breast cancer, and in many cases it is fortunately able to be healed. For this however surgery is often necessary. An early treatment of the scar should be started so that no visible memories of this difficult time are left by the surgery.

Diagnosis: Breast cancer

The diagnosis is a shock and affects millions of women worldwide every year: breast cancer. Experts assume that roughly every eighth to tenth woman develops breast cancer over the course of her life. What then follows is an extensive therapy program, which under consideration of the disease stage usually consists of a combination of surgery as well as chemo, hormone and radiation therapy.

The emotional distress is great

When a woman develops breast cancer the emotional distress is often very severe. Not only the concern for ones own life but often also the trivial appearing anxiety about losing ones own breast, and thereby feeling less a woman. Fortunately, in roughly 60-70% of all cases it is today possible to operate using breast-preserving surgery – in many other cases the breast can be accordingly reconstructed after the operation.

Not forgetting the emotional aspect

Scientific studies confirm a connection between the active engagement with the disease and the healing success. Therefore, approach the treatment positively and adopt a fighting attitude: With the right support you fortify yourself internally against the cancer, e.g. through a psycho-oncologist. The will to live, an intensive, more healthy style of life in the here and now and the active cooperation in the therapy are important steps and help to defeat the cancer.

Scars on the body and soul need to heal

Today the prospects of being cured from breast cancer are fortunately relatively good and are approximately 85%. If it is identified at an early stage then it is even higher than 90%. What remains however are often scars on the soul - and on the body. Therefore undertake active prevention and regularly treat surgery scars with Contractubex.

Applied early the combination of active ingredients supports the natural healing processes in the skin and promotes the formation of a scar that is as inconspicuous as possible. Because for most women the following applies: The less they are visually reminded of their disease the easier it is for them to process it and to look towards the future optimistically.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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