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Doctor insights on: I Am Told I Will Lose My Hair During Chemo Can I Shave It Now And Make A Wig

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I am told I will lose my hair during chemo. Can I shave it now and make a wig?

I am told I will lose my hair during chemo. Can I shave it now and make a wig?

ITS POSSIBLE: Everyone is different, some shave now, others wait until they notice hair loss and others until they notice bald spots. The timing is a personal matter. About making a wig, its possible but very time consuming, better option is to purchase a wig of your style and color of choice made of natural human hair. ...Read more

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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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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Will I lose my hair when I go through chemo?

Depends on the chemo: Most chemotherapies unfortunately cause hair loss but there are a few that don't, so it really depends on which drug you are asking about. ...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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Will I lose my hair with chemotherapy for leukemia?

Will I lose my hair with chemotherapy for leukemia?

Yes: There are very few treatments for acute leukemia that will not make you loose your hair. Most of the treatments for chronic leukemia will not make you loose your hair. ...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 people lose their hair when they get chemo or is it radiation that causes the hair loss (or both)?

Can people lose their hair when they get chemo or is it radiation that causes the hair loss (or both)?

Both: Chemotherapy can definitely cause hair loss since it destroys the hair follicles. One way of attempting to reduce the problem is a light tourniquet place across the forehead to reduce the blood flow to the hair region at the top of the head. Radiation if directed to the head and neck area can also cause hair loss for the same reason. ...Read more

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Will chemo cause hair loss on scalp only. Will I lose body hair all over? Just wondering how much hair I may lose on body

Will chemo cause hair loss on scalp only. Will I lose body hair all over? Just wondering how much hair I may lose on body

Varies: Depends upon the type of chemo and your body's resistance. Hair on the head is usually first to go, and later hair around the genitals, eyebrows and lashes. There is a great unpredictability to this so discuss with your oncologist to get a better picture. Mostly, after chemo, it will grow back. ...Read more

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4mos post Rad/Chemo 4HNC. TSH rising now 5.02. Loosing hair. RX Levothyroxine, 50mcg causes hair loss. Would I be better w Armour thyroid-treats T3 (liothyronine)?

4mos post Rad/Chemo 4HNC. TSH rising now 5.02. Loosing hair. RX Levothyroxine, 50mcg causes hair loss. Would I be better w Armour thyroid-treats T3 (liothyronine)?

More info: Hi. I'm not here to guess. Is HNC head and neck cancer? I hate to assume. If so, squamous? All this assumption. You may need more thyroid hormone. Armour (desiccated cadaveric pig thyroid extract) is no better, and certainly less predictable than l-thyroxine. If you prefer Armour, go for it, but effects are the same. Whatever you have, good luck! ...Read more

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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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Can there be a product that can stop hair loss from chemo?

Can there be a product that can stop hair loss from chemo?

No: Sorry, but there are no drugs that can stop the hair loss from chemo. However, the good news is that your hair will grow back after you're done with chemo. When it starts growing back, you can use rogaine (minoxidil) if you like. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to help a friend deal with hair loss due to chemo?

Support groups: Hi. Your friend's oncologist can get him/her in touch with cancer support groups to deal with a wide range of issues. Some people use wigs, scarves, hats, etc. Healthy coping skills are very important going thru such a life-altering chain of events. Good luck to your friend; he/she is lucky to have friends like you! ...Read more

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Does the cancer or the chemo cause the hair loss?

Does the cancer or the chemo cause the hair loss?

Chemotherapy: Cancer itself does not cause hair loss. Radiotherapy given to scalp is another cause of hair loss besides chemotherpy drugs, . ...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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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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I know chemo has different effects on everyone. But I was wondering why it causes hair loss?

I know chemo has different effects on everyone. But I was wondering why it causes hair loss?

Chemo and hair loss: Please go on-line to www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/chemotherapy/in-depth/hair=loss/art-20046920 If you cannot access this from home go to your local library and they will help. You should get some important understanding from this and you may need to get a air piece. Not pleasant but important as hopefully your cancer is coming under control. Best wishes - you deserve it! ...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

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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