NECOM Skincare Algorithm for Patients With Cancer and Survivors

Ada Girnita, Peter Bjerring, Sampsa Kauppi, Charles Lynde, Maxwell Sauder, Anneke Andriessen

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BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment-related cutaneous adverse events (cAEs) frequently occur, which can interfere with anticancer treatment outcomes and can severely impact quality of life for patients. METHODS: The Nordic European Cutaneous Oncodermatology Management (NECOM) project aims to improve cancer patient outcomes by offering tools for preventing and managing cAEs. The first NECOM paper explored clinical insights in cAEs and focused on skincare regimens involving hygiene, moisturization, sun protection, and camouflage products. A skincare algorithm for patients with cancer and survivors follows this article to promote healthy skin and reduce cancer treatment-related cAEs. RESULTS: The NECOM panel discussed and reached a consensus on an evidence- and opinion-based practical algorithm for oncology skin care to support all stakeholders in the Nordic European health care setting. The oncology nurse is central in coordinating individual patient’s cancer care and performing triage for cAEs, seeking urgent care via an oncologist and/or the emergency department if needed. The care organization of the presented cAEs depends on the patient's general health and skin condition and the health care system. CONCLUSION: Communication on state-of-the-art treatment in the fast-evolving area of oncology is necessary to provide tailored general measures and skin care for cAEs supported by evidence and practice-based expert recommendations.J Drugs Dermatol. 2023;22:1(Suppl 2):s3-10.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3595573
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)s3-s10
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Neoplasms/therapy
  • Skin Care
  • Algorithms
  • Survivors


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