Wound Care After Radiation Therapy

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

More than 50% of all cancer patients receive some form of radiotherapy for tumor control preoperatively, postoperatively, or as sole treatment. Radiation-induced wounds are a concern for patients and practitioners. Current research investigating alternative treatment strategies offers the hope of improved wound healing and enhanced quality of life for patients with these wounds. This paper reviews the pathophysiology of wounds following radiation treatment, the methods for treating radiation-induced wounds, and experimental treatment strategies that have been investigated.

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