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Quantitative assessment of skin erythema following breast cancer RT
Division of Nursing Research at Karolinska Hospital, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,Sweden.
2Karolinska Insitute, Dep of Surgery, Stockholm, Sweden.
1Karolinska Institutet, Radiotherapy, Stockholm, Sweden.
3Karolinska Institute, Dep of oncology, Stockholm, Sweden.
2003 (English)In: Radiotherapy and Oncology, ISSN 0167-8140, E-ISSN 1879-0887, Vol. 68, p. S20-S20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Visual assessment is the most common clinical investigation of skin reactions in radiotherapy. Due to the unquantitative and subjective nature of this method additional non-invasive methods are needed for more accurate evaluation of the visible acute adverse skin reactions due to radiotherapy• The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new objective measure with regard to reliability and validity and compare it with an established objective measure and a visual assessment.

Material and Methods: A sample of fifty-three consecutive patients commencing curative tangential radiation therapy to the breast parenchyma was included in the study• The skin area of the treated breast was divided into five sections and assessed individually at 0 Gy, 24 Gy and 50 Gy. The RTOG scoring system was used for the visual assessment of the skin reactions. The first objective measure included reflectance spectrometry (DermaSpectrometer) measures at fixed points within the treatment area. For the second objective measure digital images were taken with a system using a digital camera and software. The images were analyzed using the Adobe Photoshop 5•0 software program•

Results: The results provided significant evidence of the test-retest reliability of the camera• The correlation between the objective measures proved to be significant as the treatment progressed• The results suggest that the Camera may be used in a reliable and valid way to measure skin erythema due to radiotherapy•

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2003. Vol. 68, p. S20-S20
Keywords [en]
Oncology; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36361DOI: 10.1016/S0167-8140(03)80056-7ISI: 000225708400054PubMedID: -Scopus ID: -OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36361DiVA, id: diva2:745679
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7th Biennial Meeting on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy, SEP 13-18, 2003, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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