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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 220-223

Living with the effects of cutaneous toxicities induced by treatment


Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus; Department of Nursing, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Correspondence Address:
Andreas Charalambous
Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus; Advanced Oncology Nursing, University of Turku, Turku
Finland
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.207729

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The introduction of targeted therapies in cancer treatment was accompanied with promising results including tumor control and patients survival benefits. However, these drugs just like their predecessors were associated with systemic side effects, including frequent and various cutaneous effects. Targeted therapies such as epidermal growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, kit, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and BCR-ABL inhibitors as well as mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors can induce cutaneous toxicities of varying severity. There are scarce studies on the actual impact of these toxicities on the patients' lives including the physical, social, and psychological aspects and overall quality of life. Patient's perspective in living with and beyond these toxicities remains largely uncharted but essential in optimizing care provided to those receiving treatment with targeted therapies.


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