Skin Care for People Living with Cancer

Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living with Cancer
The good news, or rather the great news, is that more and more people are surviving cancer and going on with their lives. However, many are suffering with very bad skin reactions from their surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. While some go though treatment with only minor side effects, for others the unexpected side effects can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. I recently attended a panel discussion about post cancer skin care hosted by Eau Thermale Avene and met Dermatologist Dr. Mario E. Lacouture, who’s affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and wrote the book, Skin Care Guide for People Living with Cancer. Dr. Lacouture is an oncodermatologist and a respected expert on post cancer skin care treatment and explains that a patient’s oncologist is devoted to getting rid of the cancer, not to how their skin looks or reacts from treatment. His book gives insightful information on post surgery scars, and how to take care of yourself before, during and after chemo and/or radiation treatment. Along with information about skin issues such as acne, scarring, lumps, discoloration, itching, and extreme sensitivity, the book also provides information on hair loss, hair transplants, brittle and/or discolored nails, mouth sores, as well as issues that affect children. Additionally, there’s lots of valuable information listed in an appendix that describes all cancer drugs used and their potential side effects on your skin, hair and nails, as well as a glossary of medical terms put into simple language.

This excellent skin care guide has charts that contain extensive information on topics such as supplements, best moisturizers, cosmetics, SPF, and even nail polish. It contains lists of organizations patients can reach out to, websites containing helpful information and even cosmetic ingredients to avoid during treatment. The book empowers its readers with a wealth of knowledge on related issues and is smartly formatted in a manner that makes it easy to find the information being searched. If you or a loved one is going through cancer treatment, or is finished with treatment, this book is a must have.

Many thanks to Eau Thermale Avène Skin Care for creating this insightful panel discussion which also included Nuria Perez-Cullell, Global Brand President of Avène, and two cancer survivors, Beauty Director Caitlin Kiernan, and photographer Shirin Tenati who went to the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in France for treatment of her Radiation Induced Morphea (RIM).

Book Available: Amazon

Dr. Mario E. Lacouture, MD Director Oncodermatology & Assoc Professor of Dermatology Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Dr. Jack Barnathan

This is so important and there are sadly too little information available for the people who need it most. Thank you Candice for this great article introducing Dr. Lacouture’s wonderful book. Sharing with all my patients and contacts in the fitness/health/beauty industries and professions.

Jackie ONeil

What an amazing amount of information that is so important! Wonderful work Candice!

Kim Losee

This is really helpful! Thanks for publishing this great information!

Lois Colon

Amazing article Candice. Thank you sharing this incredible information!

Don Doward

Thank you Candice excellent article there are so many people surviving cancer now this is invaluable information!!

Vickie Aigner

Candice thank you for sharing this most important information with us. As always your knowledge is so relevant to the world today.

Jason Tivis

What an excellent review by Candice! This is a topic that needs to be recognized and addressed, and this information could literally be a life saver! Thank you for your extensive research and work with this article and book review!

Michele Loesch

Such important information Candice. So many will benefit from this. A topic that needs to be shared.

Michele Loesch

This is amazing. So many can and will benefit from this information. Great work Candice.

Terence Mills

This is OUTSTANDING and Super Important information!! So many people will benefit from this often looked over aspect. I can’t even imagine how this could change the lives for the Positive of so many people! I think I’m so excited, and intrigued, because this is just something that you never hear about! Another awesomely incredible article by Candice Sabatini!! Thank you so MUCH for introducing us to Dr. Lacouture!! I’ll be sharing this everywhere!!???????? ?

Kristen Kramp

This is so important, thank you for sharing!

Michelle Tivis

What a wonderful article, Candace! There are so many people affected by this horrible disease and the more knowledge around taking care of your whole self is so important!


Wonderful information on a topic very little has been offered before this! So important and will be sharing with my entire patient base. Thank you Candice!


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