The technique for the nails I'm referring to is holding the finger tips and toes in an ice bath during chemo. Apparently it has a similar effect as the cold cap does on the scalp and hair. One website tells about all the patients in their infusion centers using bags of frozen peas. Another patient messages that she was instructed to use this technique for just the first and last ten minutes of infusion. While the technique may be more painful than the resulting loss of nails, it would certainly seem to pay off for patients I just read about who ended up with oosing nail beds from their chemo. I guess I will need to ask my Oncologist about this when I go in for my check up. It may be something to at least inform chemo patients about and let them make the choice for themselves.
Oh the things we go through...
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!
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