Skin reactions from external beam radiotherapy are a common side effect of treatment and may cause distress to some patients; a skin reaction may also be a factor that can limit radiation doseDownload PDF
Skin reactions from external beam radiotherapy are a common side effect of treatment and may cause distress to some patients; a skin reaction may also be a factor that can limit radiation dose and treatment schedules.It has been widely acknowledged that despite the publication of a number of best practice guidelines for skin care, radiotherapy departmental practice with respect to the prevention and management of acute radiotherapy and skin toxicity has been slow to change. A wide variety of methods and topical applications are still utilised at a local level, often with very little or no evidence base.
Hence, the purpose of this current review was to determine if new research evidence had emerged that could improve skin care practices in radiotherapy.
This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of interventions and practices that may prevent, reduce (or alter) radiation induced skin reactions (RISRs) in patients undergoing external beam radiotherapy for cancer, with an emphasis on research published since November 2014.
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