Schreck, U., Pausen, F., Bamberg, M., & Budach, W. (2002). Intraindividual comparison of two different skin care conceptions in patients undergoing radiotherapy of the head-and-neck region: Creme or powder? Strahentherapie und Onkologie, 178, 321–329.doi: dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00066-002-0912-0
To assess differences between skin care with cream or powder formulations and protocols during radiation therapy
Twelve patients receiving radiation therapy to the head and neck region were randomly assigned to treat one side of the neck with cream and the contralateral side with powder. Highly detailed treatment regimens were defined, including cleaning and care for each type of skin problem that might be encountered. Care included a variety of topical treatments and dressings. All wound dressings and visible cream were removed before each radiation therapy session.
The study took place at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
The study used a quasi-experimental design.
Because of the small sample size, analysis was limited to description. No relevant differences were observed between the two treatment options according to the objective and subjective assessment criteria.
Onset and degree of acute skin reactions and differences in symptom relief between the two treatments could not be demonstrated.