Sun sensitivity due to chemotherapy

Sun sensitivity due to chemotherapy

Chemotherapy will make your child's skin more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn more easily. Sunscreen (SPF30 or more), a hat and clothing which covers the skin are very important.

Key points to remember

  • chemotherapy will make your child's skin more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn more easily
  • use sunscreen (SPF30 or more), a hat and clothing which covers the skin whenever your child is outside

How does chemotherapy affect the skin?

Chemotherapy makes the skin more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn more easily.

What skin protection is necessary?

Whenever your child is outside, they must use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more, a hat and clothing which covers the skin.

See the following tips at the Cancer Society website:

All the pages in the childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the clinical leader of the National Child Cancer Network.

This page last reviewed 21 May 2018.
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