It was a busy and energizing week for the Patient Empowerment Program. Last Sunday, we had a full house for our femPower Belt workshop. Then on Monday we had a special guest, and new neighbor at our Great Neck office, come by and talk to us about ways to maintain healthy skin because the body’s largest organ regularly endures many stressors, especially throughout the breast cancer treatment process.
As part of the Patient Empowerment Program lecture series esteemed dermatologist Dr. Sheryl Feingold presented on how to “Protect the Skin You’re In.” She skillfully made the large number of participants comfortable by offering an open forum. In these days of information overload, it is priceless to have the opportunity for this type of exchange where individuals can consult with a board-certified dermatologist to find out how to care for their skin during their breast cancer journey and beyond. As the doctor explained to the group - We cannot stop aging but we can maintain skin health!
There were a broad amount of topics presented during the “Protect the Skin You’re In” discussion. Here is a summary from the wealth of knowledge shared by Dr. Sheryl Feingold:
Chemotherapy and radiation side effects and treatments - The skin is most often affected by cancer treatments, so chances are you will experience some sort of skin reaction. The good news is skin reactions are usually temporary and plenty treatments are available to help patients cope.
Sun Protection - Being safe in the sun is very important!! Most chemo medications and radiation therapy increase your sensitivity to the sun. So if you’re not already, it’s time to start regularly sporting headwear that protects your scalp and face, and applying sunscreen daily before leaving the house. Ask your dermatologist about the best sunscreen for your skin type.
Emollients - Emollients are creams or ointments that help keep the skin dry by reducing water loss from the skin. Cancer treatments can cause or worsen dry skin because they slow down the skin’s ability to renew itself, so finding the right products to use on your skin are very important.
Simple Daily Skin Care - Generally speaking, a good skin care regimen — keeping your skin moisturized, clean and protected from the sun — and early intervention with any skin irritations are all you need to achieve the best possible skin health.
Early intervention and prevention - Early intervention is key to preventing dermatologic side effects from worsening. Once you begin chemotherapy or radiation treatment, take note of any skin reactions and bring them to the attention of your healthcare team.
Total Body Skin Examination - Paying attention to changes on your skin is important during cancer treatments and beyond. The most effective way to catch skin cancer before it spreads is through routine physician-directed Total Body Skin Examinations. Skin cancer can be very deadly, but it is also the most curable disease when caught early.
Thank you Dr. Feingold for sharing your time and expertise to participate in the Patient Empowerment Program lecture series.
Sheryl L. Feingold, M.D., FAAD, is a board certified dermatologist in private practice on Long Island for 18 years. She has a B.A./M.D. from the seven year medical program at Brooklyn College/SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and then completed an internship in Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, followed by a residency in Dermatology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, during which she also trained at and then went on to be an attending physician at the Northport VA Hospital. She is currently an Attending Physician on staff at Winthrop University Hospital, and has a private practice in general dermatology in Great Neck, New York.
To make an appointment with Dr. Sheryl Feingold, you can visit www.skindeepli.com or call 516-301-5200.
Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program
Photo: Dr. Sheryl Feingold sharing her knowledge