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How Long Does It Take In Chemotherapy For You To Lose Your Hair
It varies: For most people it can take a couple of months. For complete recovery to a normal head of hair it could take as long a 6 months. Some chemotherapy drugs don't cause hair loss and some only cause thinning. Some patients worry when hair starts to grow during treatment. This is not a sign that the treatments have stopped working, but the hair root recovering from damage. ...Read more
Stops their producti: Chemotherapy stops production of many cells which are normally produced daily. In the case of hair a break in the stem of the hair results as the old hair grow outwards and there is no new hair production for several days following chemotherapy. So the older hair start falling after 3-4 weeks of starting chemotherapy(in most cases, but some chemo drugs spare the hair entirely). ...Read more
Yes if using long te: The chemotherapy doses are low in ipt, however, repeted chemo, in some cases, cause hair loss too. Crtainly the incidence of hair loss in low in ipt because the dose of chemo is low. However, the effacacy of ipt is less documented, so i prefer it be used only for stage 4 patients with careful clinical monitoring. ...Read more
Chemo stops their gr: Chemo stops all cell growth. So any cells that are fast growing, which includes skin, nails and hair, they will stop growing. But this growth interference only lasts as long as chemotherapy is continuing. Once you stop taking chemotherapy, hair start growing in one month. They often recover fully in 3-4 months. ...Read more
I had chemotherapy 23 years ago. What could be some long term effects. I also had radiation to hole brain.I think i had 10 to the brain. Hair did not?
Many side effects: Your treatment regimen and at what age you were treated really determines what long term side effects you are at risk for. There are many serious possible side effects of cancer treatment that can take >20 years to develop (premature heart failure for example). It would be wise to see someone specially trained about these late side effects. Much can be done to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it likely for a person to experience hair loss after just one round of chemotherapy, or does it take more than one treatment? Is there a chemo drug with less harsh side effects for breast cancer
Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, i don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will i live?
Untreated, 1-2 years: Pancreatic cancer can only be staged after surgery- information provided by a pathologist is necessary to assign a stage. If you have what appears to be early stage pancreatic cancer it would be foolish not to seek treatment since surgery can cure up to 40% of cases, and while big surgery, the risk is low (around 1%). Depending on pathology findings postop chemotherapy may provide added benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemotherapy & Hair: Depending on the drug, of course, cancer chemotherapy often has a long lasting effect on hair. The texture can change and sometimes even the color changes. This does not occur in all patients and there is often no way of predicting if or how changes in hair will result from cancer chemotherapy. ...Read more
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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