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Will my hair grow back after radiation treatment to the head?

Will my hair grow back after radiation treatment to the head?

Yes.: Hair loss will start about 2 weeks into radiation treatment. It occurs because the treatment damages the hair follicles. Hair grow will usually begin again a few months after the end of treatment. The hair texture, color and thickness may not be the same. With very high doses of radiation there might not be any regrowth. Ask the radiation oncologist what to expect. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doctors use imrt for head and neck cancers. This distributes the radiation widely and therefore less dose directly to the skin versus older methods. Often in this case the hair will grow back but sometimes more sparsely. ...Read more

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Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove

Why won't my hair grow back after radiation treatment? I had a brain tumor 15 years ago, with intense radiation following chemo. My hair has not grown back since. I'm very self conscious about it and really want it to grow back. Luckily, my hair grows ove

I : I am sorry to hear that you have permanent hair loss. This can occur after radiation therapy for brain tumors, although it is much more unusual today than it was 15 years ago due to better technology that focuses the radiation where it needs to go in the brain and avoids the scalp. Most non-surgical hair growth treatments like rogaine (minoxidil) or low-level light therapy do not work well in this situation because the number of hair follicles in the area of hair loss is decreased. There are some institutions and doctors that have performed surgical procedures to reverse the hair loss. If the skin is not scarred and is otherwise healthy, there has been some success with hair transplants like the ones men can get for male pattern baldness. If the skin is more significantly changed by the radiation or there is notable scaring, these types of procedures to transplant hair follicles are unlikely to work and more extensive reconstructive surgery using a tissue expander where they put a balloon under the skin and stretch out the normal skin nearby and then move the new skin over the bald patch has been tried. It's a lot to go through for a cosmetic problem and insurance probably won't pay for it. The risks of a healing problem after the surgery might also be a bit higher from the prior radiation. If you are really interested in pursuing this further, i'd try to find a plastic surgeon in your area with experience caring for burn patients as similar reconstructive techniques are used. ...Read more

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Did your hair grow back after receiving high dose radiation treatment?

Did your hair grow back after receiving high dose radiation treatment?

Depends...: ...On the length and severity of the treatment. Radiation does effect rapidly-growing groups of cells (such as hair follicles) as a side effect, but the hair loss is not necessarily permanent. Your dermatologist can help you with this. ...Read more

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Will your hair grow back after receiving a high dose radiation for cancer treatment?

Will your hair grow back after receiving a high dose radiation for cancer treatment?

Sometimes: But not always. The higher the dose, the less likely your hair will grow back. ...Read more

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How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually takes 3 weeks to notice hair growth, but several months to "regain" your hair. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more

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How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

Hair growth change: After chemotherapy the hair root is injured and growth stops. The alteration in growth pattern after recovery is thought to be responsible for the change in appearance of the growth of the hair. It can have color and texture change as well. The scientific details are still not totally clear. ...Read more

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How long after radiation treatment ends should my hair start growing again?

How long after radiation treatment ends should my hair start growing again?

A few weeks: Hair regrowth is variable, but typically starts within a few weeks of finishing radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Does your hair fall out with radiation treatment?

Does your hair fall out with radiation treatment?

Hair loss: Depend on site of radiation. If it is given in brain then yes other wise radiation alone doesn't cause hair loss ...Read more

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How effective is radiation treatment for squamous cell head and neck cancer?

Depends: Head and neck cancer is very complex and treatments vary depending on where it is and also what stage it is (among other things). Your head and neck cancer surgeon and radiation oncologist should be able to help you. ...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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I have lost nearly all my body hair & most on head due to low t while taking methadone long term. Will the hair grow back with t treatment ?

I have lost nearly all my body hair & most on head due to low t while taking methadone long term. Will the hair grow back with t treatment ?

Hopefully: Hopefully yes. It sounds like you have alopecia univeralis which is a severe form of alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system tells your hair follicles to stop growing hair. ...Read more

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Will my hair grow back after a skin biopsy on my head? My doctor wants to do a skin biopsy on my head, but i’m afraid i’ll have a bald spot?

Will my hair grow back after a skin biopsy on my head? My doctor wants to do a skin biopsy on my head, but i’m afraid i’ll have a bald spot?

It depends: Depending on how the bx is performed, you may grow back your hair. For example, the bx could be done using and eliptical incision, and the skin could be pulled back together and sutured, so you would have no bald spot when it heals. You would have to discuss the procedure with the dr. To see if they can accomodate your wishes as to trying to do the best procedure to prevent a bald spot. ...Read more

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Fibrosis/keloid scar on my head. If I have it removed will my hair grow back through the scar? Will the scar be long and thin or round like keloid

Fibrosis/keloid scar on my head. If I have it removed will my hair grow back through the scar? Will the scar be long and thin or round like keloid

No clear answer: After scar or keloid removal in the scalp it is unusual for the hair to grow back through the new scar. It is even possible that you could lose some hair around the new scar depending on how large the original keloid was. Keloids are somewhat prone to regrow so you could also need some cortisone shots around the new scar or even other treatments to help minimize the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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Small tender bump on the top of my head that I think I received from hitting it. Now it left a bald spot the size of a dime. Will my hair grow back?

Potentially you will: not regrow your hair there. It would be appropriate to see a dermatologist for an evaluation of the area as you may not have the diagnosis correct. There are other potentially reversible causes for this kind of hairloss besides trauma. ...Read more