Nail Problems in Cancer Survivors

VIDEO | 06:00

According to Memorial Sloan Kettering dermatologist Mario Lacouture, nail problems are common in people treated with chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation. He advises cancer survivors to keep their nails clean and trimmed; avoid manicures; wear gloves when cleaning or gardening; and avoid nail biting to prevent infections in and around nails. Supplements such as vitamin B7 (biotin) and orthosilicic acid as well as topical treatments can help strengthen nails and prevent them from breaking, and dark nail polish can hide nail discoloration.