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Skin Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Some cancer treatments can cause long-term skin problems. One of these problems can be skin cancer. But there are other non-cancerous skin conditions that can occur.

Certain skin conditions do not cause health problems and don’t require medical treatment. Others may cause skin to be more prone to injury and require care and protection.

It is important to keep skin healthy. It is the body’s first line of defense against infections.

Cancer treatments that may cause non-cancerous skin problems

  • Radiation — typically in the area that received radiation.
  • Hematopoietic cell transplant (also known as bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant)
  • Certain chemotherapy medicines

Skin conditions that may happen after cancer treatment

What survivors can do about skin problems

Know your risk and monitor your health

  • Know your risk of developing skin problems. Ask your doctor if you received treatments that increase your risk.
  • Share a copy of your Survivorship Care Plan with your health care providers. The report includes details about your cancer treatment and health problems that may occur because of your treatment.

For more information, visit the Children’s Oncology Group’s Skin Health After Cancer Treatment Health Link.

Reviewed: June 2020