What Are Skin Complications from Chemotherapy?

It’s estimated that more than half of patients undergoing cancer treatment will experience complications of the skin, nails and hair. Complications of chemotherapy, targeted anti-cancer therapies and stem cell transplantation may include:

  • Increased sensitivity to the sun
  • Skin irritation
  • Dry skin
  • Redness and rashes
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Darkening of the skin along the vein used to administer IV chemotherapy
  • Darkened, yellow, brittle and cracked nails
  • Hair loss

Most of these conditions are treatable. Northwestern Medicine dermatologists can help you anticipate and manage the symptoms of skin complications to rule out serious complications and prevent tissue damage.