Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 2):S8-12
Efficacy of non-adherent dressing versus gentian violet for treatment of radiation-induced moist desquamation wounds in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Department of Clinical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
1. Although there were no significant differences between the two dressing groups in healing time, wound pain, or measures of distress, this study provides information about the clinical effects of different types of dressing on radiation wound healing. Practitioners can use these data for further research into dressing(s) able to achieve moist wound healing and overcome the problems of drainage and bolus effect without daily removal during radiation therapy.
2. This is the first study demonstrating the physical and psychological disturbances caused by radiation skin ulceration in a population of nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients treated with radical radiation therapy. These findings apply to patients with other types of head and neck cancers treated by radical radiation therapy. It represents a model for demonstrating how radiation skin complications affect psychological and social behaviour, an area in which there is little information.