Your feelings about changes to your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment
Having to cope with changes to your appearance as you undergo treatment can be tough, even if these changes are often temporary.
The way you feel about your appearance is closely related to how you feel about yourself. If you’re not happy with how you look, it may affect your confidence and your relationships.
Some people feel they shouldn’t worry about changes to their appearance when they have cancer. However, it’s natural to feel upset about losing your hair or changes to your nails or skin. For many people, these issues are one of the biggest concerns during treatment, but most do adjust and find ways to cope.
Talking about your feelings can be useful. If other people know how you feel, it makes it easier to support you. You can call the Macmillan Support Line to speak to cancer support specialists about any emotional or practical issues that are on your mind. They’re here for you Monday – Friday, 9am–8pm.
Sharing experiences with people in the same situation can also help. Try the Macmillan Online Community. Or ask your cancer nurse specialist or oncology team to put you in touch with a local support group.
We hope our tips and suggestions help you discover what works best for you, so that you can feel confident and better about yourself during your treatment.