Prospective, observational practice survey of applied skin care and management of cetuximab-related skin reactions: PROSKIN study.

Rothschild, Sacha I; Betticher, Daniel; Zenhäusern, Reinhard; Anchisi, Sandro; von Moos, Roger; Pless, Miklos; Moosmann, Peter; Popescu, Razvan A; Calderoni, Antonello; Dressler, Marco; Rauch, Daniel; Pederiva, Stefanie; Woelky, Regina; Papet, Claudia; Bühler, Vera; Borner, Markus (2019). Prospective, observational practice survey of applied skin care and management of cetuximab-related skin reactions: PROSKIN study. Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology, 84(4), pp. 881-889. Springer 10.1007/s00280-019-03927-x

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PURPOSE The study aimed to investigate strategies to prevent and treat cetuximab-induced skin reactions and their perceived effectiveness in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and recurrent/metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN). METHODS This open-label, prospective observational study was conducted in Switzerland. RESULTS A total of 125 patients were included (n = 91 mCRC, n = 34 SCCHN; mean age 63.3 years; 73.6% males). The frequency of acneiform rash grade ≥ 2 increased from 12.6% at week 2 to 21.7% at week 16. The proportion of patients who reported no skin reaction decreased from 75.6% at week 2 to 43.3% at week 16. The most frequently used skin products at any time of observation were moisturizing (77.6%), lipid-regenerating (56.8%) or urea-containing products (52%), systemic antibiotics (49.6%), and vitamin K1 cream (43.2%). There was no clear effectiveness pattern for all product classes: in given patients, either the product showed no effect at all or a moderate/strong effect, consistently over time. CONCLUSIONS A great variety of low-cost general skin care products were commonly used. According to physician's preference, systemic antibiotics and vitamin K1 cream are an appropriate approach to prevent or treat cetuximab-related skin toxicity.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Medical Oncology

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Rauch, Daniel and Borner, Markus


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Rebeka Gerber

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07 Jan 2020 09:26

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07 Jan 2020 09:28

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Cetuximab Management Observational Practice survey Skin reactions




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