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What is a caregiver's bathing checklist for someone with cancer?

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  • Keep the bath water temperature comfortable. Wash the person gently and pat dry. Dry skin can be a side effect of treatment, so smooth on a water-based cream after a bath or shower and at other times during the day. Let them bathe by themselves if they’d like, but help with hard-to-reach areas.
  • The scalp may be sensitive if treatment is making hair fall out. Use mild shampoo and soft hairbrush.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home," "What It Takes to Be a Caregiver."

Cancer Council SA: "Skin Care During Cancer Treatment."

Cancer Research UK: "Social life and activities during chemotherapy."

Cancer Support Community: "Mind Body."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Mouth Care for Chemotherapy Patients."

Moffitt Cancer Center: "Hair Loss and Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Caring for the Patient with Cancer at Home," "What It Takes to Be a Caregiver."

Cancer Council SA: "Skin Care During Cancer Treatment."

Cancer Research UK: "Social life and activities during chemotherapy."

Cancer Support Community: "Mind Body."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Mouth Care for Chemotherapy Patients."

Moffitt Cancer Center: "Hair Loss and Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 12, 2018

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