Preventing Skin and Nail Problems after Cancer Treatment

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In this portion of a Memorial Sloan Kettering CancerSmart video series moderated by CBS’s Max Gomez, dermatologist Mario Lacouture offers recommendations for those who have undergone radiation therapy and experienced side effects. Additionally, he talks about prescribing topical steroids during radiation therapy to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring and other skin problems. Dr. Lacouture also explains how specific chemotherapy treatments can cause nails to become weak or more brittle and details the variety of topical medications and vitamins he often prescribes to help make nails grow faster and become thicker.