Chemotherapy and radiation can cause damage to the fingernails and toenails, which can interfere with their appearance and growth. Well-groomed nails are even and smooth. In addition to caring for your hands and feet, manicures and pedicure are the perfect time for you to rest and relax.
If you are wearing artificial nails, they should be removed prior to starting cancer treatment. Keep in mind that your cancer therapy may decrease your ability to fight infection and increase your susceptibility to bruising and bleeding. In general, when having a manicure or pedicure, whether it is done at home or professionally, be gentle and do not use sharp instruments. Alcohol-based products should be avoided as they cause skin dehydration.
The Image Recovery Centers® have professionals available by appointment for these services.