US Cutaneous Oncodermatology Management (USCOM): A Practical Algorithm

Mario E. Lacouture, Jennifer Choi, Alice Ho, Jonathan Leventhal, Beth N. McLellan, Anneke Andriessen, Maxwell B. Sauder, Edith Mitchell

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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. Do Not Copy Results: maintenance The using USCOM skincare algorithm measures includes before, education during, Penalties and on after cAEs cancer for treatment. patients Apply and A skincare clinicians regimen supporting including prevention, hygiene, treatment, moisturization, and 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S3-S18
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

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