Mild to severe skin reactions are common during many types of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Skin complications can include:
- Itching, swelling, and painful inflammation
- Rashes, blisters, and sores
- Skin darkening, flaking, and peeling
- Changes to nail texture and color
- Swollen cuticles
While many treatments are available to alleviate these conditions, it’s important to know which treatment is right for you during and after your cancer treatment. For example, some products typically used to treat these skin conditions should not be given to people whose immune systems are compromised. Other medications can have a negative impact on your cancer treatment.
You may be referred to a dermatologist by your oncologist to ensure your skin condition is treated promptly and effectively. The dermatologist will work closely with your cancer team. They recommend medications that do not negatively impact your cancer treatment or increase your risk for cancer recurrence.