New Book Addresses the Skin Side Effects of Cancer and its Treatment

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With “Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide For People Living With Cancer” patients and doctors can work to alleviate painful and debilitating cancer-related side effects.

Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer

Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer

Armed with the information in this book, people with cancer can work with their doctors to make the best possible choices in preventing and treating cancer-related side effects.

With new treatments and therapies, more people are living with cancer than ever before. But these treatments often result in unexpected side effects that affect the skin, hair, and nails, causing discomfort, pain, and distress. Most critically, these side effects may be significant enough to cause a patient to delay or discontinue life-prolonging treatments.

How can patients navigate these changes without them impacting their treatment, their appearance and even their sense of who they are? It was announced today that Mario E. Lacouture, MD, an Associate Attending Dermatologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a leading authority on dermatologic conditions that result from anticancer medications, has written the first book for patients that directly addresses the skin, hair, and nail changes they may experience during cancer and its treatment: “Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer”.

Published by Harborside Press, LLC, “Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer” shares information about the rashes, blisters, and cracked, itching, or dry skin that may come with cancer treatment; tips for caring for the nails; the risks for hair loss; how to stay safe in the sun; and even cosmetics that are right for patients. The book offers clear, practical suggestions for preventing, treating, and living through these skin, hair, and nail changes.

"For obvious reasons, the skin, hair, and nails have not been the topmost concerns in oncology—the most important goal is to treat and cure the cancer," said Dr. Lacouture. "But skin side effects can affect patients' sense of self and their interactions with others. These side effects can lead to costly treatments, affect overall health, and perhaps most significantly, they may require that anticancer treatments be reduced or stopped altogether."

The skin, hair, and nails are constantly renewing and changing, making them susceptible to chemotherapy, biologic therapy, or radiation therapy, which often attack fast-growing cells. Common side effects from these treatments include itching, dry skin, nail changes, and hair loss. One of the most common side effects from modern therapies—a rash—is actually an indicator that the treatment is working against the cancer.

“What many patients do not realize,” said Dr. Lacouture, “is that most dermatologic side effects are manageable, allowing people to maintain their quality of life and continue their cancer treatments.”

“This is an area of dermatology that is still evolving, and many physicians are new to the scientific literature in the field,” wrote Steven T. Rosen, MD, FACP, Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, in his foreword to the text. “Armed with the information in this book, people with cancer can work with their doctors to make the best possible choices in preventing and treating cancer-related side effects.”

“Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer” is available for sale at or at

About Mario E. Lacouture, MD
Mario E. Lacouture, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist with a special interest in dermatologic conditions that result from cancer treatments. His clinical focus is the recognition and management of the side effects and conditions of the skin, hair, and nails that may arise in cancer patients and survivors as a consequence of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or transplantation. His research focuses on exploring new skin treatments that do not interfere with the effectiveness of anticancer medications. Dr. Lacouture received his MD degree from Javeriana University in Colombia. He completed residencies at Cleveland Clinic and The University of Chicago and a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prior to his current position as an Associate Member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he was an attending physician at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, where he founded the SERIES clinic to care for people living with cancer. He lives in New York City.

About Harborside Press, LLC
Harborside Press is a specialty medical publishing company based in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Harborside Press is the current publisher of JNCCN–Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, and also publishes The ASCO Post under a collaborative arrangement with the American Society of Clinical Oncology. For more information on Harborside Press or Harborside Interactive, please visit

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