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    Asked by eck011613 on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Breast Cancer

    I am getting chemo now (tamoxifen) and does anyone have recommendations on what to do with the nail lifting that happens? Im trying not to loose them. So far so good but have 5 more treatments to go.

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I'm thinking you meant taxol vs. tamoxifen--as I have had both, taxol through infusion ("chemo") and tamoxifen by pill--? Tamoxifen didn't affect my nails at all, however, they went through it all while I was on chemo (taxol) ...immediately afterwards, I lost about 6 of my toenails, but I STILL have some toes that seem to have 2 nails apiece, yet the old ones won't fall off! This is a great question--maybe somebody has experience w/a podiatrist on this issue? (I'm too embarrassed at the way my feet look right now to get a pedi, LOL!)

      over 4 years ago
    • YogaJean's Avatar

      try teatree oil on the nails (get a good organic one)...use borage oil, or vitamin E (get capsules and break them open)...good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • virginisland11's Avatar

      Hi am a two yr survivor and I remember when i was going thru I kept my hands soaked in ice cold water... Cuz my fingernails felt like someone was trying to pull them out.. I was desperate for a relief so i just tried that n it help numb the pain n i never lost fingernails.. That was my remedy.. al the best..

      over 4 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      Hi eck011613- I agree with Ydnar2xer, did you mean taxotiere? I received six rounds of Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin and the taxotiere did a wicked job on my nails. Two of my toe nails turned a horrible black, purple color- they did not fall off- , I lost two finger nails and two finger nails are stained white, yellow. I ran to the dermatologist and he said it was the taxotiere. Nothing can be done just be patient, it would all be over soon. The oncologist nurse recommended I apply tea tree oil on all nails. It is a natural product. I do not know if it helped with the other nails but I used it. It stinks!!! The smell is horrible but the thought of loosing more nails made me use it. I finished my chemo in November but I am still struggling with my nails. The toe ones are painted a bright red and the fallen nails grew back nicely. The two white stained nails are still stained and I try to keep my nails very short and trimmed. I have been using the stick on nails, the ones that have glue already on them- they are not bad. They make me feel good and my hands look fabulous. My suggestion is keep you nails very short and if you want use the stick on nails. Best of luck, Marisa.

      over 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      They had me put my fingertips in ice during the taxotere infusion to constrict the blood vessels. Maybe it's not too late for you to try that! I didn't have any nail trouble. And it's very doubtful anyone ever had a cancerous cell in a fingertip, so I felt safe doing it.

      over 4 years ago
    • lola08's Avatar

      I lost 8 of my fingernails but not all at once. They lifted at the cuticle. I didn't want them to catch on my clothing so I wore really cute band aids - hot pink, neon green, Little Mermaid etc. I also kept them clipped short. Don't file them as that will loosen them. My new nail grew in healthy & pushed the old one off so I never had exposed skin. I didn't lose any toenails but keep polish off so you can keep an eye on them too. Some women don't lose their nails - maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones!! But if you do - just go bandaid shopping! Just another inconvenience of cancer!!

      over 4 years ago
    • eck011613's Avatar

      You are right I did mean Taxol. Thanks.

      over 4 years ago
    • tweety's Avatar

      I had taxol and almost lost my big toe nail I was told to use epson salt in a foot bath with the hotest water you can stand you can also sock your fingernalis like that also and I was also told not to wear socks or shoes because to preasure could cause the nails to fall off I wore slippers for the 12 weeks hope this helps you

      over 4 years ago
    • Pdale's Avatar

      Tamoxifen is not really chemo but it does decrease your risk for getting a relapse by 50%. I don't have any answers for the fingernail issue

      over 4 years ago
    • laurie2025's Avatar

      I finished my chemo regime recently, and taxotere was one of the drugs; I have lifting on the edges of about 6 nails and 1 has come off. There is really nothing that can be done, according to my oncologist. You could definitely try the soaking in ice water when they hang the taxol bag, it couldn't hurt to try. Also keep your nails short so they don't snag on anything and come lose that way. I wore acrylic nails throughout and still wear them, but they are quite short now, just to the ends of my fingertips.

      over 4 years ago
    • gsbasset's Avatar

      The gelatin found in jello helps a bit with keeping them harder. Not a lot I tried helped. Luckily my cuticles went way down and my nails tore on everything but I did not lose any of my fingernails or toenails totally.

      over 4 years ago
    • itsjustme736's Avatar

      My nails started to raise when I was on Taxotere, Cytoxan and Herceptin at the same time. My nails look like a washboard with ridges an black and white stripes. Talk to your Dr to see if you can take a pill call "GABAPENTIN 100MG CAPSULE" this pill will relax the nails so that they are not sore to the touch. Let me know if it work for you

      over 4 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi. :-) I had alittle discoloration and some lifting I personally took the herb HSN (hair, skin, nails) not sure if it helped or not but I never lost my nails.

      over 4 years ago

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