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Part III: Cancer and Skin Changes—Appearance Alterations
By: Patricia Ringos Beach and Katie Morgan-Lousky
Posted: April 27, 2012, from the May 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Ingrown nails, nail shedding and dark lines through the nails may occur during cancer treatment.
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Although the skin side effects of cancer treatment are not usually life-threatening, their influence on self-esteem and quality of life should not be minimized. Cancer changes everything. The struggle to hold on to what is normal can be monumental. A spa day during which touch is comforting and results are positive is incomparable.
1. M Polovich, JM Whitford and M Olsen, Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice, Third Edition, Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburgh (2009)
Patricia Ringos Beach is a nurse with advanced certification in oncology and palliative care who works as a patient navigator and clinical nurse specialist.