Factors Increasing Risk of Dermatitis Following Radiation Therapy for Breast CancerPosted:
SKIN: The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine(TM), Risk Factors for the Development of Acute Radiation Dermatitis in Breast Cancer Patients
A new article published today in SKIN: The Journal of Cutaneous MedicineTM examines which patient and treatment characteristics increase the risk of post-treatment radiation dermatitis in breast cancer patients.
Jennifer Parker, MD, PhD, and coauthors at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine examined the records of 320 breast cancer patients treated with post-operative radiation therapy. Using a multivariable logistic regression model, the authors found that increased Body Mass Index (BMI) and higher total dose of radiation increased the risk of dermatitis, while the use of hypofractionated radiation decreased the risk of more severe skin injury.
“Understanding when these risk factors affect the development of acute dermatitis may help physicians to counsel the patients who are more likely to develop these skin toxicities,” report Parker and colleagues, who also caution that physicians should carefully examine their treatment approach in order to help minimize severe skin reactions that could ultimately lead to worse long-term cosmetic outcomes, including skin discoloration and scarring.
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Jennifer J. Parker, MD, PhD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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