Skin, Hair & Nails

Side effects related to the skin, and skin derivatives such as hair, nails, glands and receptors.

 skin rash

 severe burn after limited exposure to the sun

 redness similar to a sunburn


 a sensation of tingling or burning

 hand and feet sensitive to touch

 tightness of the skin

 thick calluses

 blisters on the palms and soles

 chronic wounds

 pressure ulcers or bed sores

 nail changes

 peeling skin

 itching or dry skin

 hair loss

 pimples

 red bumps

 tender sores inside the nose

 cracking of the fingertips

 increased facial hair growth

 bruising

 abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin


The following health professionals can help with Integumentary side effects. Follow the links below to learn more.


Dieticians advise individuals on nutrition-related matters and can modify diets to treat or help manage chronic conditions, food allergies and food intolerances.


Dietitians can help offer strategies to manage various types of pain e.g. mouth, stomach, oesophagus such as avoiding certain foods or fluids, changing food texture and temperature.


Naturopaths provide a complimentary medicine, by employing a wide array of “”natural”” treatments, including herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counselling.


Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain may be minimised by concurrent treatment with various nutritional supplements including vitamin E, vitamin B6, omega 3 fatty acids and acetyl-L-carnitine.


Nutritionists main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.


Honey significantly reduced the severity of mucositis associated pain and resulted in lesser treatment gaps and a decrease in overall radiotherapy treatment duration.

Oncology Massage Therapist:

Oncology Massage Therapists are nationally and internationally recognised.


It has been found that massage therapy significantly reduces the severity of the pain and improves the mood of patients with lung, breast, pancreas, prostate and colorectal cancers.

Yoga Instructor:

Yoga Instructors teach a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.


According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in April 2011, brain scans of this region demonstrated that mindfulness meditation can dramatically reduce sensitivity to pain-even more so than morphine.