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Baghaie M, bakhshi R, ghanbari A, rahimi A, atrkar ruoshan Z. Survey the effect of Aloevera cream on severity of radiotherapy induced ‎dermatitis in cancer patients in Razi hospital in Rasht in ‎‏2008‏‎ ‎. J Holist Nurs Midwifery. 2008; 18 (1) :1-8
URL: http://hnmj.gums.ac.ir/article-1-263-en.html

, Baghaie@gums.ac.ir ‎
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Introduction: Radiation Therapy as a cancer treatment method has special acute and late side ‎effects specially alteration in skin tissue health that needs caring with different products ‎which can have other side effects. Therefore natural products are considering decreasing side ‎effects severity.‎ Objective: This research is conducted to determine the effect of Aloevera cream on severity ‎of radiotherapy induced dermatitis in cancer patients.‎ Methods: The present research is a clinical trial study that is done on ‎‏120‏‎ cancer patients who ‎were randomly classified in ‎‏2‏‎ groups of case (‎‏60‏‎ samples using topical Aloevera cream, ‎‏35%‏‎ ‎TID until ‎‏25‏th session of treatment) and control (with Routine care). Data collection ‎instrument was a two – section questionnaire including ‎‏1‏‎) researcher – made section ‎related to personal, disease and treatment characteristics and ‎‏2‏‎) modified RTOG index to ‎assess the severity of skin reaction gathered by interview, observation and measurement of ‎patients' weight and height. By using Chi-square, it was shown that both groups were ‎matched in all variables. Data related to the second part of the tool was gathered by an ‎observer in first and ‎‏25‏th session of radiotherapy. Data were analyzed by descriptive and ‎deductive statistics by SPSS software version ‎‏14‏‎.

 ‎ Results: The findings indicated that the severity of skin reaction in majority of case group ‎‎(‎‏41.6‏‎ %) was grade ‎‏1‏‎ whereas in control group, most samples (‎‏33%‏‎) had skin severity of ‎‏1.5‏‎ ‎degrees. Also Mean and SD of skin severity in case and control group were ‎‏0.98‏‎± ‎‏0‏‎.‎‏77‏‎ and ‎‏1.27‏‎± o.‎‏81‏‎ respectively. There was a significant difference shown by U Man Whitney test ‎between skin reaction severity (p = ‎‏0‏‎.‎‏02‏‎) in two groups. ‎

Conclusion: This research showed that topical Aloevera cream ‎‏35%‏‎ has decreased ‎radiotherapy induced skin reaction. Therefore in case of results confirmation by future studies, ‎topical use of this cream may decrease pain and discomfort and promote patients' quality of ‎life.‎ 

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/08/17 | Accepted: 2014/08/17 | Published: 2014/08/17

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