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Body - minimising the side-effects of chemotherapy
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.
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.