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Optimizing Physical and Psychosocial Health of Breast Cancer Patients

Identifying early and late effects of cancer treatment and the impact of such on the patient’s wellbeing.

By Stephanie Grauden | Apr 24, 2018

LSM-17-0207.R1 rossi-editedWausau, WI (April 24, 2018) – Dermatologic sequelae of cancer therapy can have physical, emotional, and psychosocial impact on patients. Radiation induced breast telnagiectasias are one such occurrence that can negatively impact a patient’s health- related quality of life.

Published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM), the official journal of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS), a recent study showed that the use of laser monotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for the physical sequelae as well as the psychosocial health of the patient. Important safety parameters and guides for safe practice in such patients are also described.

The study was conducted by Anthony M. Rossi, MD; Nina R. Blank; Kishwer Nehal; Stephen Dusza; and Erica H. Lee. Their manuscript titled, “Effect of Laser Therapy on Quality of Life in Patients with Radiation-induced Breast Telangiectasias” was selected as Editor’s Choice in the April 2018 issue of LSM.

“It has become increasingly important to identify and treat the dermatologic sequelae of cancer therapy. Treating the whole person and not just the disease is a cornerstone of medicine,” said Dr. Rossi.

Anthony M. Rossi MD is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, lasers, and cosmetic dermatology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College program.  He currently is an Assistant Attending at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine.  His interests include non-invasive imaging of cutaneous tumors; laser and light-based treatments of skin cancers; as well as the quality of life impact of cosmetic procedures.  He is researching the utilization of reflectance confocal microscopy to help delineate borders of lentigo maligna and nonmelanoma skin cancers before surgery. He is chair of the Early Career committee for ASLMS. Anthony is committed to dermatology advocacy and serves as the AMA representative for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association.  Anthony has worked abroad in Ghana, Botswana, and Tanzania and assisting with teledermatology capabilities.

Editor’s Choice is an exclusive article published in LSM, the official journal of the ASLMS. View the complete manuscript.

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