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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

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Dr. Foster Carr
1,385 doctors shared insights

Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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How can I deal with hair loss from chemotherapy?

How can I deal with hair loss from chemotherapy?

Hair piece: In many instances hair pieces have been devised to be used temporarily when chemo induces hair loss. The latter can be minimized when an elastic band is placed on the forehead to minimize circulation that reaches the hair follicles. Ice has also been used. ...Read more

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Will my hair loss from chemotherapy be permanent?

Will my hair loss from chemotherapy be permanent?

Hair loss: It is not uncommon for chemotherapy to cause hair loss and you may need to discuss this with your doctor and also your former hair stylist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which chemical in chemotherapy causes hair loss?

The chemo: many of the chemotherapeutic agents function by destroying the DNA of the cancer cell. When given intravenously the chemo reaches the hair follicles and destroys them also causing hair loss. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy hair loss, is it better to just shave your head?

Chemotherapy hair loss, is it better to just shave your head?

Maybe: Depends on you. The hair falling out is often troublesome, messy, and somewhat prolonged (days to weeks). Some people prefer just to shave it off and adopt a new look for men or make wearing wigs or scarves easier for women- often with strikingly beautiful results- really! ...Read more

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Ultimate method to support mum through chemotherapy and hair loss?

Ultimate method to support mum through chemotherapy and hair loss?

Be loving: And compassionate, spend time with her and ask her what her needs and desires are if you are unable to anticipate them. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 20 year old guy find wigs for hair loss during chemotherapy?

Please tell me, could a 20 year old guy find wigs for hair loss during chemotherapy?

Hair for chemo: Most hospitals or clincs dispensing chemo, have a connection to suppliers of toupees and wigs. You are not alone in this situation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I'm curious, when a person has cancer, what leads to the hair loss - is it the cancer or chemotherapy?

It is not the Cancer: Hair loss can be caused by either chemotherapy(typically)or by radiation given to the head(like for treating brain cancers).Cancer itself doesnot cause hair loss. ...Read more

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Is there some cancer chemotherapy medication that does not cause hair loss?

Is there some cancer chemotherapy medication that does not cause hair loss?

Yes.: However, hair grows back and the most important thing is that you get what your oncologist believes is the best chemotherapy for you to fight your disease. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more


Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more