Coping with the Effects of Cancer Treatment on Hair and Skin.

Richard Paxman welcomes Nicole LeBoeuf, MD, MPH, Kristen Lo Sicco, MD, FAAD and Ian Tattersall, MD, PhD, for the next conversation of the series.   

Cancer treatment can cause many side effects to the whole body, including hair and skin. This engaging, in depth discussion will explore the area of oncodermatology and skin toxicity. It will cover the side effects caused by different therapies, the significant impact that chemotherapy-induced alopecia has on wellbeing and the benefits of scalp cooling and hair regrowth during and following cancer chemotherapy treatment.

Nicole LeBoeuf, MD, MPH

Dr. LeBoeuf received her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Dance from Middlebury College in 2002 and her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2006.  She completed her residency in Dermatology at Columbia University, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in Cutaneous Oncology at Brigham and Women’s/Dana-Farber Cancer Center at Harvard. Dr. LeBoeuf earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in 2015.

She established and directs the Program in Skin Toxicities from Anticancer Therapies at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.  She is the Medical Director of the Immunotherapy Toxicities Program and Clinical Director for the Center for Cutaneous Oncology, where leads clinical trials in rare skin malignancies as well as interventional studies for the prevention or management of side effects from cancer treatment.  Her research focuses on understanding the immunologic mechanisms of side effects from cancer therapeutics and implementing therapies or other interventions to mitigate them.

Kristen Lo Sicco, MD, FAAD

I was born and raised in eastern Long Island, New York, but my medical training took me to various parts of the country. I am very happy to have made my way back to New York as a physician providing care at NYU Langone Health. I am board-certified in dermatology and fellowship trained in complex medical dermatology, with a clinical focus on hair and scalp disorders.

It was during my dermatology residency that I discovered the need for more dermatologists who specialize in alopecia and the importance of giving a voice to a population of people who often feel disregarded. I quickly realized the significant impact alopecia has on a person’s confidence and overall quality of life. I recognize the importance of individuality when it comes to the effect a diagnosis has on someone as well as their response to treatment. 

At NYU Langone, I work with an incredible group of people to conduct clinical research and novel therapeutic trials with a focus on alopecia. Together we strive to ultimately broaden our understanding of hair loss, in addition to providing new therapies used to treat them.

Ian W. Tattersall, MD, PhD

My parents are biomedical researchers, and from an early age they instilled in me a love and appreciation for science. I was attracted to medicine, and to oncology in particular, as a way to use apply scientific knowledge to directly help other people.

I practice a subspecialty of dermatology known as oncodermatology. This is a relatively new field that focuses on the care of people who experience dermatologic complications as a result of cancer or cancer treatment. As the oncodermatologist at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center , I treat people who develop adverse changes to their skin, nails, or hair during the course of their surgery, radiation, or medical therapy.

Different kinds of cancer therapy can cause a wide variety of different skin conditions, from dry skin to acne to more severe rashes. I work closely with patients’ oncologists to prevent, diagnose, and treat these conditions. The goal is to make sure that patients receive the maximum possible benefit from their treatment, and that the skin-related side effects of treatment affect their life as little as possible.