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Doctor insights on: How To Donate Hair For Cancer Patients

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Why is it that cancer patients have to shave all their hair off?

Why is it that cancer patients have to shave all their hair off?

Cancer treatments: (like chemotherapy) may cause their hair to fall out. This can be upsetting as there may be markedly thinned out hair or bald spots. It is just easier to shave it all down so you don't have to experience handfulls of hair falling out. ...Read more

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Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs. . ...Read more

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What types of wigs are safe a for cancer patient who lost her hair?

What types of wigs are safe a for cancer patient who lost her hair?

Any type: Fda will not allow carcinogenic dye in the wigs, any wig is safe, as it is going to be temporary don't spend too much as you are going to get your beautiful hair back. ...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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I have a lot of gas, my navel is leering smelly fluid sometimes and I have excessive hair fall like 5000 hair a day. ..like how cancer patients lose?

I have a lot of gas, my navel is leering smelly fluid sometimes and I have excessive hair fall like 5000 hair a day. ..like how cancer patients lose?

Hair loss/ navel d/c: Check thyroid studies. CBC, cortisol, iron, sed rate, CRP, ANA. May be gluten sensitivity, autoimmune disease or gallbladder, It is not usual to have a discharge from the navel, may be infection, yeast, could try desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) at the site and see if improves over next 2 days. Take a multivitamin a day. Need to follow up with doctor this week ...Read more

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How much time does a cancerous patient have after cancer reaches head of a person? Are there any predictions about that?

How much time does a cancerous patient have after cancer reaches head of a person? Are there any predictions about that?

Depends: Depends on type of cancer. By head, do you mean brain? Not all cancer will go to the brain (in fact, most don't) some are still very treatable and even curable.. ..All depends..... ...Read more

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What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Many: Patient centered websites- head neck cancer alliance (headandneck. Org) or sponc (spohnc. Org) can give info on local support groups, treatments & trials. Rehab options include reconstruction (speech devices, plastic surgery); medications for dry mouth, appetite stimulation, chronic pain; exercises for swallowing & lymphedema; nutrition and psychosocial services are available at doctors offfices. ...Read more

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Are clinical trials (research studies) available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Absolutely: Numerous trialsare available including early (phase 1 or 2) and late trials (phase 3). These trials evaluate newer drugs and newer radiation approahces typically. For trials info and sites the most uptodate site is the national cancer institute (www. Cancer. Gov). Talk to your oncologist and look up the websites of your local hospitals for trials in your area. ...Read more

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Am I able to donate my bleached hair for cancer?

Yes: Hair that is donated is used to make wigs or other hairpieces for cancer patients who have lost their hair. I'm sure that your bleached hair will make a fine wig for a grateful cancer patient. ...Read more

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My daughter want's to donate her hair for kids with cancer is there a "best" place or way to do this?

2 sites:: Pantene - http://www. Pantene. Com/en-us/beautiful-lengths-cause/pages/donation-requirements. Aspx and locks of love - http://www. Locksoflove. Org/donate. Html I'm told pantene doesn't charge recipients for their wig but locks of love does so pantene is the better choice. Your daughters (and you) are angels! Bless you! ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I donate my hair to cancer will it still be used in some way to support locks of love?

I'm wondering if I donate my hair to cancer will it still be used in some way to support locks of love?

Depends: I believe you have to donate at a site that works with locks of love. Those can be found online or by contacting the organization. ...Read more