Coping with Hand-Foot Syndrome (Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia) in Childhood Cancer

Palmar-plantar-erythrodysesthesia-blisteringulceration-of-hands-and-feet-interferingSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Hand-foot syndrome, also known as Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia, is a side-effect that occurs as the result of certain types of chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Hand-foot syndrome causes redness, swelling, and pain on the palms of the hands and/or the soles of the feet, and blisters sometimes appear too.  Although less common, hand-foot syndrome sometimes occurs on other areas of the skin, such as the knees and the elbows.

Hand-foot syndrome can occur when medications used to treat your child’s cancer affect the growth of skin cells or capillaries (small blood vessels) in their hands and feet.  Once the drug is out of the blood vessels, it damages the surrounding tissues, which can cause symptoms of hand-foot syndrome that range from redness and swelling to difficulty when walking.

Not everyone who is treated with the same medications develops hand-food syndrome. The severity of hand-foot syndrome can vary from individual to individual, even among individuals taking the same medication for the same type of cancer.

Some therapies are more likely to cause hand-foot syndrome than others, so you should discuss the type of chemotherapy your child will be receiving and whether they stand a chance of getting hand-foot syndrome from it with their oncologist or healthcare team.


Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Hand-Foot Syndrome  on our static page, Hand-Foot Syndrome (Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia) in Childhood Cancer



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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