Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects of Treatment for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
It's likely that you will have some side effects from skin cancer treatment. In most cases, these side effects subside after treatment. In this section, you'll learn more about how to respond to the most common side effects.
Anxiety and Depression
Many people may feel blue, anxious, or distressed after being told they have cancer. These feelings may continue or come back throughout treatment. You may also worry about how you will look after the treatment. Taking these actions may ease your mental stress.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker to help you find a person who has already received treatment for skin cancer. Discussing your concerns with someone who has gone through the same experience can help.
Burned or Irritated Skin
This may be a side effect of radiation therapy or topical chemotherapy. These steps can help relieve skin irritation caused by these treatments.
In addition, these steps may help relieve skin irritation caused by radiation therapy.
Scarring does result from skin surgery. Early on, the scar may be red or bumpy. Gradually over the course of about a year, the scar will fade. It is unlikely, however, that the scar will totally disappear. Be sure to speak with your doctor about ways to aid healing. These tips may help.
If the area around the scar suddenly becomes inflamed, red, or swollen, check with your doctor to be sure the wound is not infected.