I had heard that dark nail polish helped, so I used that during treatment. I tapped into the website Live Well with Cancer and chose a few of their products to help me along. I found their Defiant nail oil superb and still use it. I upped my manicures to every week, feeling I could afford it as I wasn't paying for hair cuts and colourings. My salon uses ethical, paraban free products so I felt very comfortable . I did find reading the small print on all my beauty products a pain, but after two years of active treatment I know which brands to trust. I have secondaries in my lungs, so am on continuous treatment and my nails, whilst never lifting off the nail bed as some of my compatriots found, are pretty rubbish now. Very ridged and dry despite continual oiling and creaming, and using gloves for housework. I have IBX treatment to seal the nail. My saviour is my manicurist! X
Evonail contains silicium and (I'm in France) we were told to use nail varnish containing this before, during and after Taxol treatment. There are a couple of brands of nail varnish which do and we were recommended to https://www.laroche-posay.com/article/Nails/a27704.aspx
They also make a specialist range of products - "Toleriane"- specifically for chemo sensitive skins which I've found to be excellent. https://www.laroche-posay.us/skin-care-during-oncology
Just wanted to say that I can highly recommend Evonail to anybody about to start chemo. I have just finished 8 rounds - 4 x EC and 4 x Docetaxel- and have used it throughout. My nails are just about the only part of my body that have emerged unscathed!
Rather than start a new thread about nails I thought I would bump this one up.
I have finished chemo now and after three rounds of T my nails are beginning to show signs of change. Nail beds are slightly darker and orangy in colour and the white tips are gradually extending down the nail bed, as if the nail is lifting from the top down. I am using nail cream and oil and hand cream around four times a day and massaging the nail beds too, hoping anyone can reassure me that this all helps!
Dreading this, I started T last week, my nails were sore within a few days, its easing now but I expect it gets worse each time ?
Thanks for the show tip
My last chemo was May last year and my toe nails have only just stopped giving me pain. I filed mine with a wooden emery board as well as too brittle to cut.
I have just started wearing proper trainers again. I found them too tight last year so I was wearing soft closed shoes. Last summer and autum I could only wear wide open toe sandals that I bought from a company called Cottontraders. They were little more than boards with straps on them but they did the trick.Any closed footwear was agony otherwise. I wore socks with them when I was outside to keep the nailbed clean .
Otherwise indoors I kept them uncovered to try to get air on them.
When travelling on public transport I was always on guard that someone might accidentally stand on my foot.
There is also a product called Evonail which is manufactured in France which you can buy off the internet. I used it on my nails through out my treatment ( 3 x FEC and 3 xT) and my nails survived. My top tip is to keep using it for at least 6 months post the last round of docetaxel especially on your finger nails. It is the UV from the sun which combined with the docetaxel causes the damage. My oncologist also told me that your toe nails grow much slower than finger nails so it takes longer for them to recover.
I found the chemo made my toenails very brittle so I just filed them with a non-metal file as cutting seemed so tricky. . I did not want to put anything on the nails as they were falling out.....
I'm starting weekly Taxol treatment in a few days (after 3 EC's). Because I know Taxol may attack my nails I've started several week ago using special nail varnish that was recommended to me by my pharmacist. What a difference! I never had such strong nails as now! So I want to share this tip: it's called SI-NAILS Varnish from AURIGA International. There's also the special remover for the SI-Nails Varnish which contains no acetone.
I hope it will help during Taxol treatment...