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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | November 2013

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Involving patients in the monitoring of radiotherapy-induced skin reactions

Involving patients in the monitoring of radiotherapy-induced skin reactions
Skin Care

Pages: 16 - 23

Article topics: Best practice skin guideline, Radiotherapy, Skin Care, Skin reactions

Radiotherapy is one of the mainline treatments for cancer, but less commonly understood are some of the side-effects, which include skin problems that range from being mild (dull erythema and tightening of the skin) to severe (moist desquamation with open wounds and oedema). This article highlights an ongoing study that aims to assess the implementation of a best practice skin guideline for the management of both dry and moist desquamation in patients with evidence of radiotherapy-induced skin reactions.

Audrey Scott, Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Hertfordshire