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Keywords

oncology, radiation dermatitis, radiotherapy, skin barrier protectant, supportive care, wound care

 

Authors

  1. Robijns, Jolien PhD, MSc
  2. Van Bever, Leen BSc
  3. Claes, Stefan BSc
  4. Censabella, Sandrine PhD, MSc
  5. Pannekoeke, Luc BSc
  6. Maes, Annelies MD
  7. Van de Werf, Evelyn MD
  8. Bulens, Paul MD

ABSTRACT

Objective: Acute radiation dermatitis (ARD) is a frequent adverse effect in patients with cancer undergoing radiotherapy (RT). The aim of this case series is to evaluate the effect of a novel skin barrier protectant in patients with ARD.

 

Methods: The skin barrier protectant was used in four patients with different cancer types undergoing RT at two clinical sites. All patients received the standard institutional skincare alongside the novel skin barrier protectant. The skin reactions were evaluated by an RT nurse using the modified version of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group criteria.

 

Results: At the final RT session, three of four patients developed erythema with or without dry desquamation. One patient presented only a minor patchy moist wound. Overall, the pain and pruritus due to ARD was low or nonexistent. No adverse events related to the skin barrier protectant were reported.

 

Conclusions: This case series demonstrates the beneficial effects and safety of the novel skin barrier protectant in the management of ARD in patients with cancer of different etiologies. These results lay the foundation for future studies with larger, more homogeneous patient populations; a well-defined application scheme; and a stricter study design.