Topic: My toenail just came off!

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 12:22PM

Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 12:22PM

brittonkb wrote:

I had AC followed by weekly Taxol but finished in December 2020. I was just rubbing nail polish remover on my big toenail and the nail peeled most of the way off. I’ve admittedly been wearing polish for way to long without giving my toenails a breather. Has anyone heard of this happening 1.5 years after finishing Taxol? I take Arimidex now and have semi-annual Zometa infusions but wouldn’t expect either of those to cause this. Or perhaps it has nothing to do with cancer/treatment and I just need to see a podiatrist? Thanks to anyone with I sigjt

Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 4/29/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/19/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Surgery 7/5/2020 Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 8/2/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/19/2021 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 22, 2022 12:50PM - edited Jun 22, 2022 11:54PM by wc3

brittonkb:

Tonenails grow slowly so damage to them or the nail bed can persist for months after the damaging event until that area grows out completely. My big toenail stopped growing during chemotherapy and afterwards the cuticle had appeared to be infected but what had actually happened was that instead of growing out, the nail had thickened and when it began to grow out again, the end of the thick part had to clear the cuticle. What I was left with was an odd "step" that took over a year to completely grow out.

Pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy. Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant
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Jun 22, 2022 01:25PM brittonkb wrote:

Thanks for the response and sharing your experience. I talked to both my oncologist and dermatologist who both said the exact same thing. I was a little freaked oit

Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 4/29/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/19/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Surgery 7/5/2020 Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 8/2/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/19/2021 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 22, 2022 11:57PM wc3 wrote:

brittonkb:

I completely understand. I was freaked out by my toenail weirdness too! Toenails seem like a mundane thing to worry about but

Pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy. Dx 2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/31/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/14/2018 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant
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Jun 24, 2022 12:03PM piperkay wrote:

I had a toenail pop off when I was getting a pedicure for the first time after chemo ended. Right into the hand of the nail tech! I was freaked out but she was unphased, like it happened every day! LOL

Dx 11/2018, IDC, Right, <1, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Surgery 12/10/2018 Chemotherapy 1/16/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 1/17/2019 Other Radiation Therapy 4/23/2019 Whole breast: Breast Radiation Therapy 4/24/2019 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast
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Jun 24, 2022 04:19PM dutchiegirl wrote:

I was close to 3 years out from treatment when I lost a toenail. It wasn't my first either. I could see the new toenail was "wavy" so I used a fake nail and glued it to the existing toenail. It now is fully grown in and straight. I think it's perfectly normal to have this kind of thing happen for a couple of years after treatment.

Lori-Anne Dx 11/7/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 11/7/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/13/2019 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right) Chemotherapy 3/3/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/28/2019 Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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