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Skin changes associated with chemotherapy include dryness, hair loss, and scaly skin.

Skin Changes Associated with Chemotherapy

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy may notice various skin changes. While side effects such as hair loss can be unpleasant, they must be balanced against the effectiveness of cancer treatment. By definition, cancer is a fast-growing cell. It’s an unregulated cell in the body that grows at a more rapid rate than most other cells in our body. Chemotherapy drugs attack or destroy fast-growing cells. Unfortunately, some normal cells, such as hair follicles and skin, grow at a rapid rate as well. The chemotherapy agents do not know the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells and therefore attack both. The most common fast growing...