Innovation in radiation skin Toxicity management for patients with curative head and neck cancer: The INTACT Study

Project Details

Radiation therapy, the mainstay of management for head and neck cancers (HNC), results in severe skin toxicity for up to 85% of patients. Radiation-induced skin toxicity (RIST) is associated with pain, discomfort, itching, reduced range of neck movement, and risk of systemic infection in a cohort of patients already severely immune-compromised. The disfiguring cosmetic impact of RIST commonly impacts quality of life during and post-treatment and for some people can be a long lasting side-effect and cause of distress. This exploratory pilot study sets out to test the potential of a cost effective, readily available skin care agent, compared to usual care, to reduce RIST side-effects and optimise time to skin healing. If indicated, data from his study will inform a future multi-site trial of the efficacy and patient experience of the new agent.


  • Prof Mei Krishnasamy, Chair in Cancer Nursing, Department of Nursing & Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne; VCCC Research and Education Lead – Cancer Nursing (Principal Investigator)
  • Joshua Hart, Nurse Manager, Radiation Therapy Unit, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VCCC.
  • Eliza Bailey, Radiation Therapy Nurse, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VCCC.


The University of Melbourne

Research Group

Cancer Nursing Research

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer, Practice and service improvement, Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

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