• Any tips about helping strengthen nails after chemo and radiation?

    Asked by NanciHersh on Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Any tips about helping strengthen nails after chemo and radiation?

    Finished active treatment in November but my nails are still SO weak, am doing my best to keep a clear nail strengthening polish but they still rip and tear so easily.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • PinkD's Avatar

      I have used Daby both before and after cancer and think it's the best!

      over 4 years ago
    • NanciHersh's Avatar

      Daby... is that a nail product like a polish or a supllement? Thank you... just trimmed them down oh so short this am due to another tear last night. will search for it. thanks again.

      over 4 years ago
    • Txblueeyes' Avatar

      What I have found best to use on nails is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. You just take a dap and massage it into the base of each nail, working it up the sides and then covering the nail. I found out about this when I was in high school and wanted to stop biting my nails. I hadn't done this again, until I started chemo - TC - and my nails are stronger now then they have been in years. I went two weeks ago to get my first manicure since being diagnosed (finished chemo on Jan. 30th!) and my nails were so strong that the manicurist had to file them down instead of cutting them because my nails were too hard to cut. She also was amazed that I didn't have any cuticles that needed to be removed. It's very inexpensive and the best thing I've found! Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      The chemo will turn your nails brittle they will be long and hard then they start tearing or cracking. Might want to read up on it or ask your onc they will be able to tell you what to do. I just keep mine short when I'm on chemo seems to be easier but they sure do grow fast. Funny how we loose our hair but our nails grow fast?
      Good luck on the nails

      over 4 years ago

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