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.

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 they are outside, children having chemotherapy must use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of thirty or more, a hat and clothing which covers the skin.

Where to go for more information and support

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Childhood cancer: Where to go for more information and support

All the information 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 National Child Cancer Network Clinical Leader.

 

This page last reviewed 22 June 2013.
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