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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.

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.

REFERENCE

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.