Radiation Dermatitis: A Prevention Protocol for Patients With Breast Cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Patients with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy can experience dermatologic adverse events. Oncology nurses can advocate for radiation dermatitis (RD) prophylaxis to minimize dermatologic adverse events.


This quality improvement project was conducted to evaluate the effect of implementing an RD prevention protocol. The objectives of this study were to (a) improve clinicians' knowledge of screening, assessment, and prevention of RD in patients with breast cancer and (b) decrease the incidence of RD by 10% at a tertiary care cancer center.


Center-wide standards of care were created and implemented. A retrospective chart analysis was performed before and after protocol implementation. An education session was used to analyze protocol effectiveness.


Surveys completed by nurses (N = 11) before and after the education session demonstrated a significant increase in overall confidence in assessing RD. Statistically significant increases were noted in using topical steroids for prophylaxis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lucas, AS; Lacouture, M; Schneider, SM

Published Date

  • August 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 429 - 437

PubMed ID

  • 30035789

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-067X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-1095

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1188/18.cjon.429-437


  • eng