What are the possible skin complications of conventional external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for prostate cancer?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Because radiation can cause perturbation of the epidermis and dermis, reddening of the skin may develop during therapy. This is relatively uncommon, given the frequent use of high-energy photon beams (≥ 10 MV). Skin irritation is common in patients with a fair complexion; however, early intervention can limit progression to either dry or moist desquamation. Hair loss in the irradiated field (epilation) is commonly seen.


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