Nearly half of cancer survivors experience skin, hair, and nail problems, but most of these conditions are treatable, says Memorial Sloan-Kettering dermatologist Mario Lacouture. Cancer and its treatments – including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants — can affect skin, hair, and nails in different ways.
Ask your doctor or nurse about whether your cancer treatment is commonly associated with any skin, hair, or nail changes. Some skin conditions can affect the way cancer treatments work. Others may be severe enough to disrupt cancer therapy. You may want to consider seeing a dermatologist to treat any existing skin conditions before you start cancer treatment, and to help manage conditions that arise during treatment.