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Response to “Topical agent therapy for prevention and treatment of radiodermatitis : a meta-analysis”

By Raymond Chan

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To the Editor;\ud \ud It was with interest that I read the recent article by Zhang et al. published in Supportive Care in Cancer [1]. This paper highlighted the importance of radiodermatitis (RD) being an unresolved and distressing clinical issue in patients with cancer undergoing radiation therapy. However, I am concerned with a number of clinical and methodological issues within this paper: \ud \ud (i) the clinical and operational definition of prophylaxis and treatment of RD; \ud (ii) the accuracy of the identification of trials; and \ud (iii) the appropriateness of the conduct of the meta-analyses... \u

Topics: 111003 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care), 111208 Radiation Therapy, Meta-analysis, Radiation Dermatitis, Radiation-induced skin reactions, Systematic Reviews, Topical treatment
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s00520-013-1737-3
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:56880

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