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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 430-434

Team Management of Skin Rash Associated with Use of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors


1 Department of Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics, Aichi Cancer Center, Nagoya; Division of Integrated Oncology, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Japan
2 Nursing Department, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Japan
3 Division of Pharmacy, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Japan
4 Division of Integrated Oncology, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Katsuhiro Masago
Department of Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics, Aichi Cancer Center, Nagoya
Japan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_33_18

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a rash team management intervention designed by certified nurses, medical physicians, and certified pharmacists. The quality of life (QOL) of patients administered epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) was assessed using the dermatology life quality index (DLQI) and Skindex-29 QOL questionnaires. Methods: A total of 51 patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer who were treated using EGFR-TKIs were examined between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, at the Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation in Kobe city, Japan. All the patients were treated daily with erlotinib, gefitinib, or afatinib. The common terminology criteria for adverse events (version 4.0) system were used to grade treatment-induced toxicity events. The multimodality rash management team included nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. The team intervened before the initiation of treatment with EGFR-TKIs and at every visit. Patient QOL characteristics were evaluated using the DLQI and Skindex-29 assessment tools. Results: The number of patients with high-grade toxicity decreased when the multimodal approach was used. No grade 3 skin toxicities were recorded in the postintervention cohort. QOL scores for symptoms and feelings (emotions) were impaired in patients who were treated with EGFR-TKIs. Conclusions: The rash team management approach may be useful for patients treated with EGFR-TKIs. Specific QOL evaluation tools for the assessment of the effects of a team approach for rash management should be developed.


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