A clinical study investigates the effectiveness of several treatment options for preventing skin damage during radiotherapy.
Cancer is an uncontrolled proliferation of the cells of your body resulting in the formation of a mass known as a tumor. Cancer can develop in any part of the body and affect all organs.
Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) is a common treatment option for cancer patients. It uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. However, it can also cause several debilitating side effects such as skin reactions. The possibility of these reactions makes radiotherapy a difficult treatment decision for cancer patients. Several, treatment options are available in the market to prevent or reduce the negative side effects of radiotherapy.
This study sought to identify interventions that could potentially prevent or minimize radiation-induced skin reactions.
The study was a review that analyzed 33 previous clinical trials on the interventions for radiation-induced skin reactions. The researchers searched for studies that evaluated the effectiveness of interventions such as steroid creams, low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT), barrier films, and topically applied drugs in patients undergoing radiotherapy.
The results of the clinical study showed that topical steroid creams were the best intervention for preventing or reducing adverse skin reactions in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Additionally, laser therapy also showed promising results in these patients. However, barrier plastic films and topical emollients such as hydrocolloid did not show any benefit in preventing radiation-induced skin reactions.
Overall, the study suggests that certain interventions, such as steroid creams, can be helpful in preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions. However, the authors note that more research is needed to determine whether alternative treatments can provide similar benefits.
Radiation-induced skin reactions can vary in severity, with some patients experiencing mild redness and others experiencing more severe symptoms such as blistering and skin breakdown. In some cases, skin reactions can also lead to infection and other complications. Patients undergoing radiotherapy should consult their doctors for appropriate management strategies to prevent radiation-induced skin damage.
In conclusion, the study provides important insights into interventions that can help prevent or minimize radiation-induced skin reactions. It suggests that a simple and inexpensive steroid cream can minimize the adverse effects of radiation therapy on the skin of cancer patients.
Radiography Journal, Feb-22