• Did any of you have fingernail or toenail issues during chemo?

    Asked by Julesmom on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Did any of you have fingernail or toenail issues during chemo?

    Here is some information I found that explains it.
    Changes to Your Nails During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
    Fingernail and Toenail Changes During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      @Julesmom, thank you for the article. I had trouble with my nails, but thankfully, I never lost any, and I didn't have any problems with my toenails. After 5 years, I still have trouble with the nail on my pinky finger on my left hand. I think it was my acupuncturist that said that it probably won't ever get better since that is the side that had cancer. She said my left side of my body is the weakest and harder to get back to normal. I don't know if that is true, but it has been for me.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Good article. My finger nails became paper thin and would break so easily. Three months after chemo finished, my big toe nails got loose and fell off. And took forever to grow back. It was very weird.

      6 months ago
    • omaalyce's Avatar

      Taxol took nine fingernails-left both pinkies which was weird. It did nothing to my toenails. My fingernails peeled down to the quick, there was a new nail forming as the peeling happened. It took awhile for them to grow back but they grew back strong.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I did not have any of those issues, probably a different chemo drug.

      6 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar

      Taxol changed my fingernails too, but only the thumbs and first two fingers on each hand. My ring and pinky fingers were fine. The others separated from the nail bed to about halfway down. Both my big toenails got thick and I thought I would lose them but I didn't. It has been eight months since I finished chemo and my fingernails are all fine now. New nail on my toes is pushing the thickened nail up, but it is taking a long time. Good nail clippers and Essie nail polish have been my remedy for this and it hasn't been so bad.

      6 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      My nails became very brittle. I had to be careful and keep them clipped really short or they would break or split, sometimes painfully.

      6 months ago
    • TerriL's Avatar

      My nails also became very brittle during Taxol and I am still having problems with them. Possibly the six months on Xeloda after the Taxol did not help at all.

      6 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      My nails get brittle and all seem to break at the same time on chemo. After that growth is slow until I really start to get it out of my body. My manicure said she can feel a bump on each mail where the chemo had happened and that it stays there until it finally grows all the way out from the base of my nail.

      6 months ago

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