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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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Which makeup is ok after chemo hair loss?

Which makeup is ok after chemo hair loss?

Anything you like!: It is all your choice. You can either use a nice scarf to cover your head or find a couple of good haitr pieces which your oncologist or his nurse can suggest or guide you for. ...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 beard hair grow in areas that had no hair after natural weight loss ?

Can beard hair grow in areas that had no hair after natural weight loss ?

Unlikely: Hair growth is, for the most part, genetically mediated. There are some circumstances in which regrowth may occur, but not usually associated with weights. There are several surgical ways of replacing hair and a good plastic surgeon may help you. ...Read more

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Can spironolactone cause hair loss. Loss started after taking the med.

Can spironolactone cause hair loss. Loss started after taking the med.

Spironolactone: Yes, spironolactone has hormonal side effects and the side effects include hair changes. As well, the reason you require spironolactone may affect your hair follicles - is your circulation impaired? And, zinc and other vitamins are essential for hair/scalp health. ...Read more

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How many months for full effect of minoxidil5%, finasteride 1mg cure of hair loss and regain new hair?

How many months for full effect of minoxidil5%, finasteride 1mg cure of hair loss and regain new hair?

2-3 months: Minoxidil and finesteride work very well together. However it usually takes a minimum of 2 months to notice a decrease of hair loss and 3 months before you see any growth. Many people only get minimum growth but see a stop of hair loss and thicker or fatter hair shafts. ...Read more

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Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Yes: Hair loss is usually a transient side effect of chemotherapy. Some people may notice some difference in their hair color or texture when it grows back. ...Read more

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Is propecia/proscar effective in stopping balding and hair loss?

Is propecia/proscar effective in stopping balding and hair loss?

Yes: Propecia (finasteride) has been clinically proven to help. In a 5-year study of men with mild to moderate hair loss, 2 out of 3 of the men who took 1 mg of Finasteride daily regrew some hair. However, Propecia (finasteride) has been linked to long term erectile dysfunction. Other treatments exist such as hair transplantation. You may want to explore these options before taking any meds that may have unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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Does cancer cause hair loss without chemo or radiation?

Does cancer cause hair loss without chemo or radiation?

Not usually, wt loss: Weight loss (you have lost 60 lbs since the springtime) due to amy cause can give hair loss. Poor diet, seroous illness, pregnancy, hormonal causes, surgical illness, etc. Can cause hair loss. See your doc about it. ...Read more

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Does minoxidil prevent hair loss?

Does minoxidil prevent hair loss?

Sometimes: For some people ,regular use of minoxidil religiously for many years will slow or even reverse hair loss due to aging and loss of hormones ...Read more

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After doxorubicin and ifosfamide chemotherapy how long until hair grows back?

After doxorubicin and ifosfamide chemotherapy how long until hair grows back?

Begins about 1 month: Hair growth should begin in about 1-2 months after completing chemotherapy. Hair grows relatively slowly, so return of long hair would be many months away. ...Read more

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Is hair transplantation a permanent solution for hair loss?

Yes for grafted hair: The question is a bit tricky in that hair transplantation does not prevent hair follicles that were "programmed" for loss anyway to somehow be "protected" by the grafting process. The transplanted hair follicles are harvested from sites that are resistant to hair loss and when they are grafted to recipient sites they retain their "resistant-to-hair-loss" status despite natural hair loss around it. ...Read more

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Can I use rogaine (minoxidil) after getting chemo?

Can I use rogaine (minoxidil) after getting chemo?

Possibly: The hair loss after chemotherapy is a difficult problem. There are several treatments that have been tried. Most have failed. Rogaine (minoxidil) might speed up the process, but the scientific evidence is weak. ...Read more

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How minoxidil works in preventing hair loss ?Thx

Still not clear.: Minoxidil is a 40-year-old drug first used to treat high blood pressure. Hair growth was a common side-effect. We observe that it shortens the resting phase of hair growth, it increases the length of time hair grows and increases the size of hair follicles. The exact mechanism for these actions is still unknown, and may be caused by changes in the hair follicle or the supporting cells. ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more