Skin/Hair/Nail Side Effects

The skin, hair and nails can be affected by cancer and treatment. Side effects include hand foot syndrome, nail and skin changes, hair loss and thinning, pruritus, photosensitivity, hyperpigmentation, delayed wound healing and telangiectasia. 


Hair Loss (Alopecia) from Chemotherapy

A common side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss (alopecia). This side effect handout answers questions about alopecia and offers tips for coping with hair loss caused by chemotherapy.

Hand-Foot Syndrome

HFS is a skin reaction that appears on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet as a result of certain chemotherapy agents. It may also be referred to as acral erythema, palmar plantar erythema (PPE), or Burgdorf reaction. This handout answers questions about and offers tips for managing hand-foot syndrome caused by chemotherapy.

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin, hair, nails or mucous membranes.

Nail and Skin Care

Treatment for cancer can affect the nails and skin in some patients. This article offers tips for managing nail and skin changes during chemotherapy.

Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity is when the skin becomes more sensitive and more prone to burns from any type of light.

Pruritus

Pruritus is itching. Itching is a side effect of some cancers and of some treatments.

Telangiectasia

Telangiectasia is reddish-purple “spider veins” on the top of the skin.

Blogs

Cancer and Hair Loss
by Bob Riter
February 11, 2016

What’s the Big Deal About Hair, Anyway?
by OncoLink Team
February 23, 2018

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