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5/16/11 11:03 P

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I didn't have any nail problems until a couple of months after my last (6th) chemo treatment. They released from the nail beds down to about 1/8 inch of the cuticle, but luckily, none fell out. I just was not able to do housework until they grew out some (imagine my sadness! LOL). Whey protein shakes and 5000 mg daily of biotin grew them back out pretty quickly. If anyone else tries this, make sure to get WHEY protein if you are estrogen +...not soy.

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5/12/11 3:42 P

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I've completed 4/6 chemo treatments and have just noticed this week my big toe nails are bruised looking. Not sure what will happen with that but I'm sure it's another chemo side effect. Treatment 5 is Monday I'll be asking my oncologist.

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5/1/11 6:26 P

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I asked my b.c. survivor DD the other day if she had had any problems with nails. I knew she had not been offered any. She said she didn't have any problems. And, she had aggressive cancer.

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4/30/11 8:44 P

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I also had not heard of ice mitts and have had some problems with toenails--big ones but not fingernails! I did continue my walking during chemo and really had problems with blisters on my feet. The doc checked my shoes but finally decided it was just the skin sloughing off; being destroyed with chemo like the cancer. I guess skin, nails, mucousa of stomach or entire GI tract including mouth & inner cheeks are all fast growing cells and are affected by chemo!

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CARO488's Photo CARO488 Posts: 506
4/28/11 8:16 P

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Never heard of any "ice mitts" - didn't have any major problem with my fingernails, though they were/are thin.

But I lost both big toenails, and now, 3 1/2 years after my first chemo, my big toenails are still not completely attached to the nail bed. They grow, have to be cut and filed, can be buffed and painted - but are only attached about halfway.

One of my 'chemo friends' lost her fingernails and toenails, and even much later, her fingernails are bruised-looking, thin, and weak.


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4/28/11 9:03 A

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I did not use them. I asked my oncologist about it but she did not recommend that I use them, so I went without. Had problems with fingernails, but not severe, and was lucky enough not to have any issues with toenails!

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SEAWAVE's Photo SEAWAVE Posts: 1,090
4/27/11 7:24 P

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I only wore them during the infusion. In fact, they also gave me nail polish/hardener to help prevent nail cracking/peeling - again, only fingernails were mentioned. I've never been one to wear nail polish, so I even had to be reminded to do my fingernails!

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4/27/11 4:59 P

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Just spoke with one of our two-time breast cancer survivors who was not offered the option of ice mitts but thinks it is a good idea to ask for them for your toes as well.

She did have a question, Seawave. Do you just wear them during infusion or did you wear them for several days since chemo is a systemic treatment and is your body for a few days?

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4/27/11 1:25 P

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Thank you so much for this advice. I will start chemo in the next week or so. (I will know when after my appointment Thursday). So, if they don't suggest them, I will be asking for them. Thanks again. Sylvia

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4/27/11 1:04 P

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Hindsight is cheap, but I thought others may be able to benefit from mine. When I was on chemo, they offered me "ice mitts" to wear to protect my fingernails. The cold slows the blood flow to the nails, and so side effects are minimized. When I asked about the toenails, they said "Oh, don't worry about that".

Well, I wore the ice mitts every treatment, but nothing on my feet. I had no problems with my fingernails, but one year later am still having problems with my toenails. The nail on my big toe on my right foot curled so much my toe was bleeding and infected, and I had to have an operation to slice off the sides of the nail and kill the root. It seems like a small, silly thing, but it's prevented me from doing any cardio and so is hampering my recovery. I just thought I'd mention it, in case others are told "not to worry" about the toenails. They may not be as visible as the fingernails, but they are just as important and the chemo can affect them!!!

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