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Chemotherapy Side Effects: Nails

Nail Changes During Treatment

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As a result of chemotherapy, your nails may:

  • Become:
    • Brittle
    • Cracked 
    • Darkened
    • Sensitive
  • Develop vertical lines, bands or grooves. 
  • Separate from the skin below.

There may also be secretions from under the nail which may foul-smelling and painful. 

As a result of these changes, you may have difficulty doing your normal activities such as buttoning a shirt or picking up small objects. 


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