Nails issues after chemo

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Nails issues after chemo

Postby JudiB » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:38 pm

Hello everyone! Sorry I'm not around on the forum much since finishing reminds me of where I was not long ago whereas I can sort of forget if I don't keep popping in!

I know this will seem very minor to those of you still in the middle of treatment but I wonder whether others have experienced nail issues following chemo? I didn't have nail problems during chemo, even though I lost most of my hair, but whilst my hair is growing back, my nails are horrible now and getting worse. It's nearly 3 months since my chemo ended. The nails initially began to go black at the tips and were very fragile but now they are a very bad French manicure. and it's creeping down the nails. I've cut them very short but fear they are going to fall off. They look aweful and break easily. I am trying to use lots of hand cream.

Has anyone else had this issue and if you did, how long was it until your nails returned to normal?

I was thinking that the side effects were going.... I have less neuropathy, slightly fewer loo visits, hair returning and then a new effect appears! I never had beautiful nails but they are horrible now. This chemo stuff truly does just jeep giving doesn't it?

Sorry again to everyone with far worse things to deal with, I send you all love and hugs and strength. Xxxx
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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby susie0915 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:02 pm

I've taken biotin for years. It's suppose to help with skin, hair, and nails. I never had any nail issues. Maybe ask your oncologist if you can take, it may help.
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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby Lee » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:21 pm

I never had any real nail issues until about a few years ago. I used to have strong nails, butt now are weaker. I blame this on menopause. Have been told it can happen.

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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby Stewsbetty » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:32 am

My nails started to get weak at the end of chemo but the worst was afterwards they didn’t have unusual colours but they were so weak they would peel and break with very little abuse. About 2 months after chemo they were all broken down about 1/2 way down the nail bed. It took about 6 months for all the damaged nails to grow out. I am sure you will recover as well but it is a slow process.
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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby chrisca » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:11 am

I didn't have blackening, but did have peeling and splitting. The nails are about three months behind, so they will bother you until they grow out. What is at the base is most important. If the bases look bad a month or so after chemo ends, be sure to show them to your doc. Also, consider getting folic acid tested. Mine was low after treatment, and I'm on a supplement now. While my nails have never been very good, the splitting stopped after I started the supplement. Thyroid can also impact skin and nails, so ask your doc about testing that too if it doesn't resolve in a few months.
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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby AbbyDoo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:50 pm

All my nails re-grew. my fingers I think it took about six months and my toe mails were about 9 months.
kind of nice having nice new shiny nails except I smashed a finger last week and got one of those nice blood blisters under the nail now. :oops: kind of like the first scratch on a new car.
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Re: Nails issues after chemo

Postby e_enyedy » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:43 pm

Had 8 sessions on xelox and avastin -finished 9/2016. Since then I am on xeloda plus avastin every 3 weeks as a preventive measure. After (during?) those 8 sessions my nails (both finger and toes) went completely white and became brittle as glass. They break at any strong contact with almost anything. Since is apparently undetectable (according to the last pet-cat scan) I don't really mind this mild side effect.

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