Can Radiation Treatments Cause Your Fingernails To Come Off ?

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Can Radiation Treatments Cause Your Fingernails To Come Off ?

I had chemo, and have had 30 radiation treatments w/ 3 more to go, My finger nails are coming loose from the skin, could this be due from the radiation treatments ? BJ

Answer

Hi BJ - I think it's more likely a residual effect of the chemo. I have several friends who had trouble with loose nails after chemo. Be sure you're getting 1500mg of calcium and 1000IU of vitamin D daily, either via diet or supplements; that will help strengthen your nails. And next time you see your oncologist, ask him/her, too; perhaps s/he can prescribe something. Good luck - PJH