Body - minimising the side-effects of chemotherapy

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Many of those diagnosed with cancer anticipate chemotherapy related hair loss. Few anticipate 'chemo skin'. Here we give you hints, tips and product advice in the hope of lessening the impact of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the skin.

Chemotherapy targets fast replicating cells as tumours grow rapidly, the rate of growth can be one of the ways in which the chemotherapy 'knows' which cells to attack. Despite the development of more targeted cancer therapies, the skin often suffers as a result of treatment for cancer.  Radiotherapy can also be damaging to the skin.

Many of our clients tell us that our skincare advice is very useful. Here are some edited highlights (you can find the references to support this advice in our skin care advice section.

  • Use only natural products formulated especially for use during cancer treatment

  • Be gentle with your skin

  • Use less soap

  • Moisturise your skin regularly, avoiding products that contain alcohol as these can be drying

  • Use lip balm daily from the start of chemotherapy

  • Protect your skin from the sun

  • Look after your hands and feet, moisturising them often from the start of chemotherapy

  • Look after your fingernails and toenails use a natural oil based product to moisturise

If you have any questions about looking after the skin on your body as you go through treatment for cancer and face the side-effects of chemotherapy, please ask.