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I would be starting my chemo next week. Do you think it would be best for me to have my hair cut really short?

I would be starting my chemo next week. Do you think it would be best for me to have my hair cut really short?

Maybe: If your chemotherapy regimen definitely causes hair loss, it's a good idea. Once your hair starts falling out, it gets into everything. Think of a long- haired dog that suddenly starts shedding all of its hair. It's also less distressing to have short hair before you lose it all. Some of my patients have tried a mohawk for a few days! have fun with it! ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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2nd dose of chemo thursday.I have red bumps on my scalp hair falling out and hair cut short.The bumps itch & painful.What can I put on scalp?

2nd dose of chemo thursday.I have red bumps on my scalp hair falling out and hair cut short.The bumps itch & painful.What can I put on scalp?

You need to contact : Your oncologist should be informed about what you have noted and you should go and show it to the person who gave you chemotherapy. I doubt if this is anything serious but communication with your own oncologist is more important than asking for help from others. ...Read more

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What to do after chemo to help grow hair out faster?

Nothing that works: Hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. The hair will start growing in 4-6 weeks after the last dose of chemo and will recover fully within 3-4 months. There is nothing that can make them grow faster, it will grow at its own natural pace of growth! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have my hair back right after chemo?

Have patience: Many types of chemo disrupt hair growth and cause the hair to fall out. New hair will start to grow when it gets a chance. First you have to be over chemo, and then your bodily metabolism has to restart the hair growth. Generally you will see a start about 4 weeks after chemo is over but it may take up to 6 months to get a decent crop. This may vary a little with chemo type so ask your onc. ...Read more

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At what maximum rate after chemo do you lose your hair?

After 3-4 weeks: Not all chemo drugs cause hair loss. Some will cause partial, others can cause complete hair loss. It is not seen for the first 3-4 weeks. So the first chemo cycle comes free. Then you start thinning your hair with each cycle of chemotherapy and may be bald in 2-3 months. Some patients prefer to trim their hair, so it is easier to manage when they fall all over your dress and bedding. ...Read more

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How long after you get your last chemo will your hair return?

A few months: Hair can take a few months to fully return after chemo. Two to four months to look like a decent amount of hair, sometimes longer. It takes longer than if someone not taking chemo just shaved their head. Less hair means a cooler head in the summertime! hang in there and good luck. ...Read more

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My friend starts chemo tomorrow, Is her hair going to fall out?

Variable Hair loss: It depends on which chemo drug she is taking; some cause minor hair loss others can cause total hair loss. Find out the names off her chemo Drugs. Hair loss does not happen for the first 2-3 weeks, so she has some time to buy a nice wig. But I suspect her Oncology team would prepare her for all expected events. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a means to get my hair to grow back after chemo?

Naturally: The person who had full hair prior to the chemo will most likely get back all of their hair. ...Read more

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I finished chemo 8 weeks ago, what to do to make hair grow faster?

I finished chemo 8 weeks ago, what to do to make hair grow faster?

Vitamins: If your doctor is okay with it, you can take vitamins for hair/skin/nails which contain biotin and silica generally. There are also some topical sprays to stimulate growth. See if there is an "Image Recovery Center" near you - they will probably carry the scalp product or could order it in for you. ...Read more