Management of Acute Radiation Dermatitis: A Review of the Literature and Proposal for Treatment Algorithm.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Feb 22. Epub 2019 Feb 22. PMID: 30802561
Radiation dermatitis is a common sequela of radiation therapy; up to 95% of patients will develop moderate-to-severe skin reactions. No gold-standard currently exists for the treatment of acute radiation-induced skin toxicity. It is, therefore, imperative to develop a greater understanding of management options available to allow clinicians to make informed decisions when managing radiation oncology patients. This literature review discusses the topical agents studied for the treatment of acute radiation dermatitis, reviews their mechanisms of action, and presents a treatment algorithm for clinicians managing patients suffering from radiation dermatitis.