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Daily baseline skin care in the prevention, treatment, and supportive care of skin toxicity in oncology patients: recommendations from a multinational expert panel

Bensadoun RJ, Humbert P, Krutman J, Luger T, Triller R, Rougier A, Seite S, Dreno B

Cancer Management and Research, 2013 Dec 9;5:401-8. OPEN ACCESS

Editors' comments: Dr. Ricardo Caponero 

Skin reactions due to radiotherapy and chemotherapy are a significant problem for an important number of cancer patients. While effective for treating cancer, several medications disturb cutaneous barrier function, causing a reaction soon after initiation of treatment that impacts several domains in patient quality of life, including social aspects.
The present guidelines were developed by a board of European experts in dermatology and oncology to provide cancer care professionals with guidance for the appropriate use of non-pharmaceutical, dermocosmetic skin care management of cutaneous toxicities associated with radiotherapy and systemic chemotherapy. The experts hope that these recommendations will improve the management of cutaneous side effects and hence quality of life for oncology patients.