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Some cancer treatments, such as radiation and the use of targeted therapies known as EGFR inhibitors (such as Tarceva), can cause skin reactions that range from mild to severe. When severe, these rashes can be painful and debilitating.
There are four types of skin reactions related to lung cancer treatment:
Practical tips to prevent and manage skin reactions:
After getting the rash there are two ways doctors try to control it: steroid creams and antibiotic pills.
Talk to your doctor as soon as you start seeing the rash—do not assume you have to try to deal with it on your own. If you get a rash, your oncologist may recommend a dermatologist to discuss options for treating it. There are things that can help, and you should not wait until it is painful or interferes with your activities before taking action.