Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer
By Dr. Mario E. Lacouture
PUBLISHER: HARBORSIDE PRESS
ISBN-13: 9780615452265 $29.95
Review by Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CS, ANP, AOCNP
Patients with cancer have more treatment options than ever before. Some of these treatments are very sophisticated therapies designed to interfere with the operations of the cancer cells themselves. Yet the side effects often associated with these important therapies continue to plague patients, often leading to considerable suffering. Side effects of the skin, particularly troubling for patients, can present as rashes, dry skin, eye complaints, hair changes, or even nail toxicities. Sometimes these side effects can be serious enough that patients consider cessation of therapy, although in some cases, manifestation of these effects can indicate that the therapy is working. With the appropriate care, many of these skin toxicities can be managed effectively.
Dr. Mario Lacouture, a widely recognized expert in skin toxicities and an Associate Member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has written a cogent and intelligent guide to assist patients with cancer in navigating the skin side effects associated with certain therapies. His text, Dr. Lacouture’s Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer, contains comprehensive information regarding these side effects and provides valuable suggestions for the management of skin and nail toxicities and the associated changes that can occur with cancer therapy. Written in clear and concise language, the book contains helpful information, including often-asked questions, allowing the reader to easily pull out key answers; practical points are also noted in sidebars sprinkled throughout the text. Useful diagrams, tables, and photographs provide guidance for the reader in such areas as exploring one’s individual risk for specific skin toxicities, learning how to recognize specific skin effects, and choosing appropriate cosmetics.
Treatment-related side effects of the skin can be debilitating, affecting overall health and producing distress related to the accompanying visible issues that can occur. Dr. Lacouture’s new book provides valuable information that will undoubtedly help patients suffering from these commonly seen effects.