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Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy

A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends on dose/type: Depending on what disease is being treated, radiation is given in between 2 weeks to 7 weeks in standard fractionations. Near 7 weeks of radiation we ... Read More
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doc ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends: Do you want it to? This is dose dependent and time dependent to some extent. If you had lymphoma treatment, it is likely. High doees head and neck ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Masiello
17 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually ... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
If permanent loss: Due to higher dose (> 50 gy), and after lower doses, for instance, prophylactic brain treatment in small cell (25 gy), i cousel my patients that peach ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill hea ... Read More
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Dr. Brian Lawenda
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends on the dose: The scalp hair follicles generally regrow hair if the dose they received was less than 45 gy. Your radiation oncologist can determine the actual dose ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nihal Abdulla
20 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies: It varies depending on the location of the radiation and other therapies; usually have noticed hair recovery in about 2-3 months after completion of t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
20 years experience Radiation Oncology
Weeks to months.: If you have radiation for 'head & neck' cancer, facial hair might take weeks to months to grow back. It is possible too that facial hair might not ev ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Way it was: Only with repeated shaving does the hair grow back thicker after stimulation of the hair follicles repeatedly. A one time shave in a 2 year old is not ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
No: This not true. If you are female it means something else is wrong.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Yes: If the hair itself is burnt , new hair will grow in it's place unless the burn was deep enough to cause damage to the underlying hair root.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes, In area treated: Hair follicles are growing cells. When the hair is radiated the follicle cell stop growing and the hair shaft falls out. Same thing with some chemot ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tineke Malus
10 years experience Environmental Health
Cellular division : Radiation stops the rapid division of cancer cells but also shuts down the growth of hair follicles, and sweat glands, and the cells that make up the ... Read More
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