Evaluation of Mepitel Film in Preventing Epidermitis in Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

  • End date
    Jan 18, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Allegheny Singer Research Institute (also known as Allegheny Health Network Research Institute)
Updated on 18 March 2021
breast cancer
breast tumor


The purpose of this research is to evaluate the use of Mepitel Film in preventing radiation epidermitis in patients receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer. Mepitel Film is a thin, flexible, waterproof, and breathable film made of a soft silicone layer and polyurethane film. Mepitel film is not made with natural rubber latex (NRL). It is FDA approved for the management of superficial wounds, such as superficial burns. As a part of this research study, the Mepitel Film will be placed prior to participant's first radiation treatment, and will be removed one week following the end of treatment. Throughout the study, information will be collected to analyze at the end of the research study to determine if the Mepitel Film helps prevent skin breakdown. The subjects will be followed per standard of care and examined for skin redness, warmth or swelling as normally examined and cared for during standard radiation therapy. If radiation burns are noted, the subject will be treated normally and depending on the severity of the radiation burns, may be removed from the study treatment and treated through standard of care.


Clinical Phase II trial to determine if Mepitel Film is a viable prophylactic option for high-risk women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer to reduce side effects of radiation on the skin.

The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of use of Mepitel Film in the prevention of grade II or higher radiation epidermitis in high-risk patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer.

Test Article(s) Mepitel Film

The proposed study is a cohort trial of women with breast cancer who are at a high risk of having pain, swelling, inflammation with skin tenderness, skin ulceration, pruritis, and scarring during radiation treatment.

Each subject's participation will last approximately eight weeks. The entire study is expected to last up to 24 months.

The primary analysis will be based classification of radiation dermatitis from treated and untreated skin at each visit. Secondary endpoints will review quality of life responses compared to dermatitis.

Statistical analysis will be completed by Highmark Health Data Science R&D. The principal investigator will share any updates, AEs and safety concerns to the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), a group of scientists, physicians, statisticians, and others that collect and analyze data during the course of a research study to monitor for adverse events and other trends that would warrant modification or termination of the trial or notification of subjects about new information that might affect their willingness to continue in the trial. The Highmark Health Data Science Research and Development department are the statisticians for this study and will participate on the DSMB.

General Schema of Study Design Women who meet inclusion/exclusion for the trial and are consent to participate in the trial are enrolled in the study. Prior to standard of care radiation treatments, women will have the area of the breast divided into two, approximately equal parts; medial and lateral. The in-field ipsilateral axilla will be included with the lateral breast segment to the extent necessary for coverage of the breast or chest wall only. The infra-mammary crease will be part of both the medial and lateral breast segments. Axillary irradiation is allowed and the nodal areas irradiated should be considered as part of the evaluable field and covered with the Film as required by division of the breast as above. The aspect of the breast covered by the Mepitel Film will alternate with consecutive patients and the axilla will be separately evaluated for acute reaction. Each woman will act as her own control. The breast will be photographed (digital images). At each treatment, the breast will be evaluated for signs of infection, erythema, induration, dry or wet desquamation or frank skin breakdown. A Quality-Of-Life (QOL) Instrument will be completed by the patient.

All radiotherapy visits are standard of care for participants. The Mepitel Film has been purchased for this study by the AGH Auxiliary and each box of Film received will be then labeled for investigational use only.

Study Duration, Enrollment and Number of Sites Length of time on study is dependent upon the radiotherapy regimen (25 fractions or 28 fractions) and any AE probably or definitely related to study participation. The expected length of time on study is 6 - 7 weeks: 25 to 28 business days (Monday-Friday) for the radiotherapy plus the one week post treatment follow up visit. Visits related to an adverse event (AE) will continue until the AE is resolved, which may extend participation time.

The study will be conducted at approximately 5 investigative sites in the Allegheny Health Network and the accrual goal is 40 women.

Condition Breast Cancer, Radiodermatitis, Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Radiotherapy Side Effect, Effects of Radiation Therapy, Radiotherapy; Adverse Effect, Dermatitis or Eczema, Radiation Burn, Radiotherapy; Complications, breast carcinoma, cancer, breast, Radiotherapy; Adverse Effect, Dermatitis or Eczema, Radiotherapy; Complications, Radiotherapy; Adverse Effect, Dermatitis or Eczema, Radiotherapy; Complications, Radiotherapy; Adverse Effect, Dermatitis or Eczema, Radiotherapy; Complications
Treatment Mepitel Film®
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04149522
SponsorAllegheny Singer Research Institute (also known as Allegheny Health Network Research Institute)
Last Modified on18 March 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Women 18 - 80 years of age
Biopsy-proven diagnosis of breast cancer (Stage 0 - II) with the breast tumor completely removed
Whole breast or chest wall irradiation with or without ipsilateral axillary radiotherapy
Women of child-bearing potential must use an effective form of birth control

Exclusion Criteria

Women who are pregnant or lactating
Women with evident skin irritation or skin infection (i.e. active rash, pre-existing dermatitis) or known allergy to adhesives or tapes; or known allergy to the Mepitel Film
Women with a chest abnormality that would preclude application of the Film
Women who in the investigator's opinion are not capable of completing the trial or following trial procedures
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