It is important to speak with your treatment team if you experience skin changes. Not everyone being treated will have side effects. You may find it reassuring to talk to your doctor and nurses about your treatment and possible effects.
The aim of treatment for cancer is to destroy or remove cancer cells. The most common treatments are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These can be used either alone or in combination.
Chemotherapy interferes with the way the cells of the body divide and reproduce themselves. Both healthy cells and cancer cells are affected by chemotherapy. Cells that rapidly divide and grow are most affected. The skin is one area that may be affected. These effects depend on the chemotherapy drug, the dose and length of treatment and if you are having other treatments.
The effect of radiotherapy on your skin depends on many factors. These include the dose and strength of the radiotherapy, the number of treatments, the site and if you are receiving other treatments i.e. chemotherapy.
Damage to the skin cells is usually temporary. The chance of developing problems with your skin depends on the treatment you have. Talk to your doctors and nurses about your treatment and side effects.