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5649 - EONS Poster - Medical makeup in cancer patients and its impact in their quality of life


22 Oct 2018


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Supportive Care and Symptom Management

Tumour Site


Rania Lechou


Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii698-viii701. 10.1093/annonc/mdy278


R. Lechou, M. Lavdaniti

Author affiliations

  • Nursing, Alexander Technological Educational Institute, 57400 - Thessaloniki/GR

Abstract 5649


Cancer treatment cause many toxicities included skin toxicities. Although skin toxicity often resolve upon therapy discontinuation these side effect can negatively affect self esteem, treatment compliance and quality of life.


A literature review was conducted using the electronic databases PubMed and Google scholar, with respect to the period from 2008 to 2018. The following key words were entered: “medical makeup”, “cancer”, “anticancer treatment’’ and a combination thereof. The exclusion criteria for the articles were languages other than English.


Medical makeup was tested under dermatological control on damaged skin. It was water- and sweat-resistant, perfume-free, preservative-free, superior coverage (40-50% pigments) and has natural results. In a multicenter study (9 centers) were studied 90 patients presenting with visible cutaneous side effects from chemotherapy: altered complexion, total or partial eyebrow alopecia, irregularity of lip contour, dry lips. The corrective medical makeup improved the quality of life in 81.2% of patients and helped 76.8% of patients to brave the stares of others. Also, health professionals should inform women cancer patients about medical make-up, its benefits and give some instructions for applying make-up.


Medical makeup has many benefits in enhancing patients’ self-esteem. Health professionals must find ways to implement it in cancer patients who have skin toxicity. Also, in Greece there is a great need for further research for this issue, on a large population with precise characteristics in order to arrive at safe results about medical makeup.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Alexander Technological Educational Institute - Research Laboratory "Care in Adults Patients with Cancer".


Has not received any funding.

Editorial Acknowledgement


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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