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How come cancer patients have shaved heads?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
They don't: A number of chemotherapy drugs and radiation to the head can make hair fall. Some patients cut it short before that happens to avoid a mess of falling hair on their bed and clothes but they do not have to. Would not advise shaving it, though.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hair loss: Having clumps of hair fall out due to chemotherapy or radiation can be genuinely upsetting. It can also leave bald patches. Some people shave their heads to avoid going through that. Some may wear wigs over their balding or shaved head.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do people with cancer shave their heads?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 41 years experience
Chemotherapy: Some cancer therapy regimens cause hair loss. The patients can become completely bald, or their hair can be so patchy that shaving their heads completely gives a more consistent look. The hair usually comes back after therapy is completed. I hope this answer helps.

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