A 48-year-old member asked:
Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs ..
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Why is it that cancer patients have to shave all their hair off?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cancer treatments: (like chemotherapy) may cause their hair to fall out. This can be upsetting as there may be markedly thinned out hair or bald spots. It is just easier to shave it all down so you don't have to experience handfulls of hair falling out.
2.8k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Jun 23, 2013
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