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Acute radiation dermatitis in breast cancer patients: challenges and solutions

Authors Kole AJ, Kole L, Moran MS

Received 16 November 2016

Accepted for publication 13 February 2017

Published 5 May 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 313—323

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/BCTT.S109763

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Akshita Wason

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Pranela Rameshwar

Adam J Kole,1 Lauren Kole,2 Meena S Moran1

1Department of Therapeutic Radiology, 2Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Abstract: Nearly all women who receive radiotherapy (RT) for breast cancer experience some degree of radiation dermatitis. However, evidence describing the appropriate management of radiation dermatitis is often lacking or contradictory. Here, we summarize the available literature regarding radiation dermatitis causes, the presentation and timing of symptoms, methods for dermatitis assessment and prevention, and review evidence-based management strategies.

Keywords: breast cancer, radiotherapy, radiation dermatitis, skin toxicity

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