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Hölscher T, Bentzen SM, Baumann M, et al.
Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncol.... Date of publication 2006 Feb 1;volume 78(2):123-30.
1. Radiother Oncol. 2006 Feb;78(2):123-30. Epub 2006 Jan 30. Influence of connective tissue diseases on the expression of radiation side effects: a systematic review. Hölscher T(1), Bentzen SM, Baumann M. Author information: (1)Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patient related co-factors may increase the risk of radiation morbidity. Connective tissue diseases (CTD) are among the co-morbidities that are relatively well studied and have been shown to be of potential clinical relevance for radiotherapy. The aim of this systematic review is to quantify the contribution of CTD to the risk of radiation related side effects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Relevant publications reporting the outcome of radiotherapy in patients with CTD were retrieved according to a standardized query and evaluated for their methodology and quality of reporting, using defined quality criteria. A quantitative estimate of the relative risk of developing side effects in patients with CTD was derived from the observed proportions of responders in patients with or without CTD. Risk estimates were synthesized across studies. RESULTS: Eight studies which include data of 9-209 patients who had CTD and were treated with radiotherapy were identified and reviewed. Three of these studies included data suited for further quantitative analysis. The test of the uni-directional hypothesis that patients with CTD had an increased risk of late effects after radiotherapy reached statistical significance, the one-tailed P-value being 0.03. The pooled relative risk was 2.0 with 95% confidence interval (0.99, 4.1). CONCLUSIONS: CTD is associated with an increased risk of late radiation induced normal tissue reaction. The literature published to date provides some support for this assertion although most of the reports are plagued by methodological weaknesses, thus calling for a large coordinated study. DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2005.12.013 PMID: 16445999 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
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Radiation-induced Cutaneous Damage - Introduction and Assessment