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Doctor insights on: Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

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Dr. Foster Carr
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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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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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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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Can you tell me which chemical in chemotherapy causes hair loss?

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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How can you prevent total hair loss during chemotherapy?

How can you prevent total hair loss during chemotherapy?

Not possible: It is really not possible. But in most patients hair grows back after a while, after the chemotherapy is stopped ...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

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Why does chemotherapy cause side effects of hair loss and nausea?

Why does chemotherapy cause side effects of hair loss and nausea?

.: Chemotherapy attacks rapidly growing cells, so it attacks the cancer cells as well as normal body cells that grow rapidly, including your hair follicles ! chemo crosses from the blood to the brain and triggers the nausea center in the brain. ...Read more

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Why does chemotherapy cause the side effects of hair loss? Also lots of nausea?

Why does chemotherapy cause the side effects of hair loss? Also lots of nausea?

Kills cells: Chemotherapy kills cells. It just kills cancer cells quicker than normal cells because they grow faster. As for the nausea, chemo agents are toxic to living tissue. ...Read more

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Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more

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Is there loss of hair with topical chemotherapy?

Not typical: Effudex is the most common topical chemotherapy. It is used by dermatologists to treat certain skin lesions caused by sun exposure. The IV form of the drug has several side effect. The majority of effects from the topical use are local redness and skin changes. Very little is absorbed into the body. ...Read more

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