DOs and DON’Ts


Maintain frequent communication with your doctor/nurse. Contact them as soon as any adverse reactions appear. It is very important that, if confirmed, the adverse reaction is treated immediately

  • Take care of your skin
  • Use lukewarm water when washing
  • Apply moisturisers (not ointments) twice-a-day, particularly after washing
  • Use moisturising soaps
  • Minimise the number of showers you take. Use a shower oil and lukewarm water to wash
  • Consider wearing protective gloves and using shock-absorbing soles in your shoes
  • For sun protection, use sun protection factor 30 or higher sunscreen with good UV-A protection*; reapply every 2 to 3 hours. Also:
    • Wear hats and other protective clothing when outside in the sun
    • Consider using window films (which protect against UV-A radiation) at home, in the office and on car windows
  • Brush your teeth and gums regularly and use a saline-based mouthwash*


Stop your cancer treatment without discussing it with your health care provider first. Most adverse reactions can be successfully treated without stopping treatment or changing the dose

  • Worry about contacting your healthcare provider. If you have any concerns, they are more than happy to help you. It is also important that you report any symptoms to them as soon as possible
  • Wear tight shoes
  • Bite nails or cut nails too short (especially toe nails)
  • Eat hard, hot, sharp, or spicy food

*Ask your healthcare provider for further information or recommended brands

Last update: 26 August 2014