Chemotherapy and other oncology treatments impact a patient’s skin and nail care. Most cancer therapies are systemic meaning side effects can be experienced throughout the whole body. In particular, the hands, feet and nails can experience changes in sensation, touch, pigmentation (skin and nails) and even experience photosensitivity that can cause nail separation or full nail loss. Skin and nails can also become more sensitive to bacterial transfer, increasing risks for infections.

The way you respond to cancer therapy is unique to you. When seeking professional care it is just as important that services and home care are appropriate and customized to support your needs at each stage of therapy. Doing so can help support your skin and nail health prior to therapy beginning to minimize severity of side effects; help bring relief to side effects during therapy; and help restore balance to your skin and nails post cancer therapy.

Estrella’s team of manicurists are the first in Minnesota to be trained and certified in Oncology Manicuring®, a comprehensive educational course for licensed spa professionals that helps to understand what cancer is and how it affects the body. Licensee’s also learn about a number of considerations and side effects of cancer therapy and how to customize each service throughout your cancer journey to avoid contraindications and safely and effectively meet your needs at the time of service.

Nissa is also trained and certified in both oncology massage therapy and Oncology Esthetics®. She has years of experience working with people during all stages of cancer and enjoys being part of the support team for people by bringing them a safe, intentional and effective spa treatment.

What does a manicurist trained in Oncology Manicuring® do?

  • Skin and nail consultation of hands and arms and feet and legs
  • Recognize skin cancer warning signs and provide doctor referrals
  • Provide safe, appropriate and stage-based hand, foot and nail treatments personalized for each client
  • Provides expertise in hand, foot and nail skincare products, safe ingredients and proper tools for home use
  • Psychosocial care

What does an esthetician trained in Oncology Esthetics® do?

  • Skin consultation of face, neck and décolleté
  • Recognize skin cancer warning signs and provide doctor referrals
  • Provide safe, appropriate and stage-based skin care treatments personalized for each client
  • Provides expertise in skincare products, safe ingredients and proper tools for home use
  • Psychosocial care

Why is it important to seek out manicurists and estheticians trained and certified in Oncology Manicuring® and Oncology Esthetics®?

  • Most facilities offer cookie cutter services not designed to meet individual needs and do not account for health
  • Most facilities offer services that increase risk for bacterial transfer
  • Most facilities have gaps in sanitization protocols – services and tools
  • Most manicuring services cause skin and nail drying, leading to long-term damage
  • Most licensee’s do not know how to identify cancer warning signs of areas they work on
  • Most licensee’s do not understand cancer side effects or that services and products can provide contraindications
  • Most brands carried by others use ingredients classified as corrosive, sensitizing or carcinogenic to the skin and nails

All facials and manicuring services (hands and feet) are safe, nurturing, protective, calming and supportive and can be modified and customized to meet your individual needs on the cancer journey. Each service begins with a thorough intake and consultation to determine appropriate service and modifications (if necessary) accompanied by complete homecare recommendations to help meet your goals.

Our primary product line for oncology manicuring services is FredieGirl® and we also offer a limited selection of Intelligent Nutrients and Dr. Hauschka products.