Dermatologists play a vital role in caring for cancer patients

12/11/2012 | Dermatology Times

Dermatologists play a vital role in managing dermatologic toxicity and helping cancer patients overcome side effects of treatment, including problems affecting the skin, hair and nails, says dermatologist Beth McLellan, who spearheaded the Supportive Oncodermatology Clinic at New York University Langone Medical Center. Dermatologists should become more involved in oncology trials to study possible cutaneous complications and find ways to mitigate the effects of long-used treatments, such as radiation dermatitis, McLellan says. Dermatologists who can provide supportive oncodermatology services should contact area oncologists as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants in oncology practices, McLellan says.

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