Effect of Oral Sucralfate on Side Effects of External Radiation Therapy in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Background: Early side effects of irradiation for head and neck cancers are very common and disturbing. These events may cause a transient disruption in the treatment course. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of sucralfate on radiation side effects. Patients and Methods: Between November 1999 and January 2002, eighty patients with head and neck
cancers who were referred to the Radiotherapy Department of Nemazee Hospital were divided into two groups. Group I was
treated with external radiotherapy alone and group II received
irradiation and oral sucralfate. The total dose of radiation was at
least 50 Gy and sucralfate was started at the beginning of
irradiation and was continued for 9 weeks at an oral dose of 1
gram, three times a day. The patients were evaluated weekly and
the side effects were scored. Results: The intensity of radiation
side effects (subjective tolerance, dysphagia, dermatitis and
mucositis and also treatment time interruption) did not differ
significantly between the two groups (p>0.05). However,
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sucralfate significantly induced more nausea and vomiting in
Group II as compared to Group I (p<0.05). Conclusion:
According to this study, using sucralfate in order to decrease radiation-induced side effects in head and neck cancers not only is ineffective in reducing radiation mucositis and other side effects but also induces nausea and vomiting.
Correspondence: Keywords: Cancer, Head and neck, Radiotherapy, Sucralfate, N. Ahmadloo
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