No matter what kind of cancer treatment you may be undergoing, skin issues are among the most common side effects patients experience. Different treatments result in different reactions, but whether you’re going through radiation, traditional chemotherapy, targeted chemotherapy treatments, immunotherapy, gene therapy, hormonal therapy, or stem cell transplants, you’re probably going to have some issues with your skin. Everyone’s different, but you may experience burning, itching, dryness, or blistering. It’s deeply not fair, and pretty much the essence of adding insult to injury. You’re already dealing with cancer—now your skin needs to act out, too?
But unlike so much else right now, you do have some control over this one part of life. By knowing how your skin may react—and what you can do about it—you can proactively get yourself into a routine so you can minimize any skin issues that can arise (or even stop some of them before they start).