Mesothelioma Treatments Can Cause Adverse Skin Reactions

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the organs. The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Around 3,000 mesothelioma cases a year arise from asbestos exposure. It is commonly treated with either surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, alternative medicine or a combination of two or more treatment options.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are nerve racking treatment options to consider for cancer patients. The purpose of these therapies is to target cancer cells and reduce the size of the tumors. Unfortunately, some living cells may be affected by the therapy. Patients who receive these kinds of care can have side effects that affect the skin.

Common things to consider while going through chemo/radiation therapy are:

• Sun Exposure

• Oils and lotions

• Soaps and scrubbing

Your skin may become easily irritated by clothing as well. Wearing wool or synthetic fibers may irritate the skin after undergoing treatment. Also, harsh cleaning detergents can leave chemicals on your clothes so it’s wise to wear an under layer of cotton and wash clothes in mild detergents in an effort to reduce skin aggravation.

Avoid any scrubbing or abrasive contact with the skin. Using a soft towel to pat yourself dry will prevent friction caused by rubbing yourself dry. Also, using a mild, non-perfumed moisturizer after bathing may help rehydrate your skin.

Other reactions to chemotherapy and radiation therapy may include;

• Redness of the face and neck

• Dark spots

• Changes in your finger nails

• Sensitivity to light

• Redness where the treatment occurred

• Rash

If you are unsure about a product that may cause a reaction to your skin, reach out to your doctor before using it. If you have any questions or comments regarding mesothelioma treatment options or mesothelioma symptoms please feel free to reach out to us at, Facebook or Twitter.

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