Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hand/Foot Problems When On Cancer Treatments


The key to reducing the agony of  dryness in hands or feet when on cancer treatments, is to try and "prevent" them before they start.  Easier said than done though in many cases.  Each cancer patient is very different in their reactions to the side effects of their medications and what might work for one person, will not necessarily resolve the problem for another.

The www.kidneycancer.org webinar this past week, advised of a few possible remedies for hand/foot conditions that I'll list for your reference just in case you have not already been aware of them.

Apparently, the main thing to keep in mind is to treat your dry skin with products that contain UREA such as Aveeno, Utter Cream, Bag Balm or Lanolin.  Your doctor can also provide a prescription for other medications, depending on the severity of this side effect .  You should avoid taking "hot" showers and increase your fluid intake to keep your skin hydrated as much as possible.    If your feet are particularly bothersome, try to keep them elevated as much as possible to reduce pressure and try
"gel insoles" that are readily available at your drugstore to reduce pressure on your feet as well.  It's always a good idea during the cold winter months to always wear gloves to prevent further dryness in your hands as well.

At the first sign of any dryness in your skin, take action.....it's much more difficult to reverse the problem if you don't act right away!  

Always ask your doctor's opinion whenever you have any such side effects!

1 comment:

Daria said...

Good advice ... I'm going to go look for so gel insoles ... today!