FULL SUPPLEMENT: Skincare for Cancer Patients and Survivors

September 2021 | Volume 20 | Issue 9 | Department | 2s | Copyright © September 2021


Published online September 1, 2021

Abstract
Background: An increasing number of patients survive or are living with cancer. Anticancer treatments frequently have cutaneous adverse events (cAEs) that may severely impact patients' quality of life and interrupt anticancer treatment. The US Cutaneous Oncodermatology Management (USCOM) project aims to improve cancer patients' and survivors' quality of life by offering tools for preventing and managing cAEs.
Methods: An algorithm was designed to reduce the incidence of cAEs, treat cAEs, and maintain healthy skin using general measures and over-the-counter agents to support all healthcare providers treating oncology patients, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and advanced providers. The panel used a modified Delphi approach, developed, discussed, and reached a consensus on statements and an evidence-based algorithm.
Results: The USCOM algorithm includes education on cAEs for patients and clinicians supporting prevention, treatment, and maintenance using skincare measures before, during, and after cancer treatment. A skincare regimen including hygiene, moisturization, and sun protection products should be safe and effective in helping to minimize cAEs and improving skin conditions such as erythema, xerosis, pruritus, and photosensitivity. The number and quality of studies evaluating skincare formulations and regimens for cAEs are increasing, but the evidence on the benefits of specific formulations is still scarce.
Conclusions: The algorithm focuses on general measures and skincare to prevent or reduce the severity of cAEs. Increased awareness of cAEs by the multidisciplinary team treating and guiding the cancer patient throughout their care may improve patient outcomes.

J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20:9(Suppl):s3-19.