The sun can have harmful effects on skin at any time of the year. However, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, as well as some medications, can increase your susceptibility to sunburn and skin damage. As a general rule, no sun exposure is a good idea when you’re receiving radiation treatment if the site of the treatment is exposed skin. Your doctor may not want you to put sunscreen or any cream on while you’re receiving radiation treatment as the skin is prone to injury at that time. Always check with your radiation oncologist.
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What does it mean? Confused by all the talk about UVA and UVB? Here’s a brief explanation of the differences:
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During cancer treatment your weakened immune system is vulnerable to infection. During this time you should be more vigilant about skin care and hygiene.
Before applying or removing cosmetics, wash your hands thoroughly in lukewarm water with antibacterial soap. Use a disposable hand cloth or a clean towel to dry your hands. When on the go, use travel-size hand sanitizers to protect against germs.
Use only clean disposable cotton balls, pads, sponges, cotton swabs or cosmetic spatulas to apply cosmetics. Be sure to dispose of them after each use. You may wish to use makeup brushes when your treatment is over. You can clean your brushes with mild soap or a specialty brush cleaner.
Cancer treatment can sometimes render nails, nail beds and surrounding skin more fragile and prone to infection. Here’s how to pamper and protect your hands (and your feet, too).
Caring for your mouth, teeth and gums is especially important during treatment.
Your dentist is an important member of your healthcare team. Upon your cancer diagnosis and determination of your treatment plan, make a visit to your dentist to ensure you don’t have any cavities or gum irritations.
Depending on your treatment, you may experience sores or a metallic taste in your mouth. There are steps you can take to prevent infections and make your mouth feel better.
We hope the steps outlined here will help you find ways to manage the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment.
These steps are not intended to replace medical care in any way. These steps are meant to support the advice from your healthcare team. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns.