Skin Conditions and Cancer Treatment
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.
Graft Versus Host Disease Following Bone Marrow Transplant
Graft versus host disease (GvHD) is a common complication that affects the organs, including the skin, following an allogenic bone marrow transplant, meaning cells are transplanted from a donor. It may be a temporary condition that starts as a skin rash on the hands and feet but can spread to other parts of the body. It requires immediate treatment and ongoing care from an experienced dermatologist to ensure it does not become life-threatening.
Ongoing Cancer-Related Skin Care Management
Our dermatologists are available right in the cancer clinics and work closely with your medical oncologist when skin-related treatment is needed.