Avoiding antiperspirants during breast radiation therapy: Myth or sound advice?

Brian C. Baumann, Chuan Zeng, Gary M. Freedman, Ioannis I. Verginadis, Kelly M. MacArthur, Lilie L. Lin, Carolyn Vachani, Constantinos Koumenis, Timothy D. Solberg, James M. Metz

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Breast cancer patients are typically advised to avoid antiperspirants for fear of increasing radiation dermatitis in the axilla. We hypothesized that antiperspirants would have minimal effect on skin dose. We found no difference in surface dose ± antiperspirants using 6 MV photons at gantry angles of 0°/30°/60°/90° regardless of aluminum concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-207
Number of pages4
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Antiperspirants
  • Breast radiotherapy
  • Radiation dermatitis


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