"Taking care of your skin during cancer treatment is an important part of physical as well as mental and emotional wellbeing. It can seem like a small thing when you're facing the magnitude of a cancer diagnosis, but it can make the world of difference to your quality of life."
Director of MJH Spa and Wellbeing
Lots of cancer patients going through treatments like chemotherapy experience skin side effects including very dry, sensitive skin, an increasing prevalence towards reactions and allergies, skin that feels hot and nails that become very brittle and weak. We also know that some medically induced rashes such as EGRF rash, steroid rashes, hyperpigmentation and hand-foot syndrome can be problematic.
As the largest organ in the body, these side effects can have both a physical and psychological impact, so much so that there's now a specific sub speciality in oncology – Oncodermatology. This refers to the diagnosis, treatment and management of skin conditions that develop in relation to cancer treatments.
Marian Hook has nearly 40 years' experience in skincare treatment and product development, and is also an Advisory Board member of the SATCC. Here, she shares her top tips for supporting your skin before, during and after cancer treatment.
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"Taking care of your skin during cancer treatment is an important part of physical as well as mental and emotional wellbeing."