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Patient story: coping with and treating a radiation dermatitis wound

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Patient story: coping with and treating a radiation dermatitis wound

Dan Porter, Liz Rasmussen
26 September 2016

Cancer treatment itself is challenging but severe skin complications from radiotherapy can further shake patients’ resilience and stretch professional expertise. Dan Porter had treatment for a recurrence of the cancer he’d survived 10 years ago but, unlike the previous time, radiotherapy left Dan with radiation dermatitis that deteriorated into an excruciating wound. Medical staff tried their best with what they had available for Dan’s wound, yet a chance encounter finally found him a new and effective treatment, and his strength of character helped him through.

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