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Cancer in the Spa
By: Morag Currin
Posted: May 26, 2010, from the June 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Vitamin A. Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, is required for epithelial development and may function as an immunostimulant by increasing the quantity of macrophages in the wound.7, 8, 9
Vitamin C. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, acts as a free radical scavenger and has been demonstrated to lessen DNA damage in the cells. It also plays a role in the synthesis of connective tissue and collagen. 10, 11, 12
Magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. These nutrients help facilitate the wound-healing process.
Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy, a systemic treatment using anti-cancer drugs to treat cancerous cells, affects how the whole body performs. The skin—the body’s largest organ—becomes affected in many ways, causing it to require a gentler and less demanding approach.
Many people undergoing chemotherapy tolerate it very well and have few negative reactions, although most must alter some aspects of their lives to accommodate the treatments and the side effects. During chemotherapy, side effects can differ with each type of drug, with the dosage and with the way the drug is administered.