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The impact of metallic or non-metallic deodorant on skin reaction during breast radiation: a randomised controlled trial

The radiation oncology unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital sees an average of 450 new patients annually who require a seven week course of external radiation for breast cancer. These women are instructed to use a mild soap and water and not to use deodorant during this course of treatment. This standard advice does not have any substantial evidence behind it. The aim of this study is to demonstrate that there is no difference in underarm skin reaction during radiotherapy for breast cancer, between women who use a non metallic or metallic deodorant and no deodorant.


Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Dr Lucy Lewis
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Ms Mariyam Athifa
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Ms Sharon Carson
The University of Western Australia, Assistant Professor Alexandra Bremner
Associate Professor Anne Williams

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