Comparison of permanent hair loss in children with standard risk PNETS of the posterior fossa following radiotherapy alone or chemotherapy and radiotherapy after surgical resection.

Abstract

Hair loss was compared between surgery followed by craniospinal radiotherapy (CSRT) or chemotherapy then CSRT (C-CSRT) for medulloblastoma. The proportion of patients exhibiting hair loss in the cranial field was 70.0% (C-CSRT) versus 30.0% (CSRT) (95% CI: 14.7% to 58.9%; P = 0.002). The C-CSRT group also experienced more virtual/complete hair loss over the posterior fossa boost. Age was a significant contributor to hair loss in the cranial field. Persistent significant hair loss is an under-reported late effect of treatment that could influence quality of survival and should be considered in future trial design.

DOI: 10.1002/pbc.22992

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@article{Rogers2011ComparisonOP, title={Comparison of permanent hair loss in children with standard risk PNETS of the posterior fossa following radiotherapy alone or chemotherapy and radiotherapy after surgical resection.}, author={Susanne J. Rogers and Paul H J Donachie and Elaine Sugden and Geoffrey Sharpe and Martin William English and Kath Robinson and Frank H. Saran}, journal={Pediatric blood & cancer}, year={2011}, volume={57 6}, pages={1074-6} }