Curcumin eases radiation dermatitis
by Newsletter Editor
Nearly all women who undergo radiation for breast cancer experience some form of dermatitis, a painful, itchy inflammation of the skin. Earlier lab studies found curcumin prevented radiation burns and blisters, which led doctors to conduct this human study.
During the course of radiation treatment, 30 women with breast cancer took 2,000 mg of curcumin three times per day, or a placebo. Doctors measured the severity of dermatitis and found, compared to placebo, women who had taken curcumin experienced 24 percent milder dermatitis symptoms overall.
In one particular measure—skin scaling or peeling—nearly nine in 10 women in the placebo group experienced symptoms compared to fewer than one in three women in the curcumin group.
Reference: Radiat Res.2013 July;180(1):34-43