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If someone gets chemo and their cancer is cured, does their hair eventually grow back?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Hair will begin to grow back usually 2-3 months after chemotherapy is finished.
It is very rare that hair will not grow back. Sometimes the hair color or texture will be different temporarily or long-term.

In brief: Yes
Hair will begin to grow back usually 2-3 months after chemotherapy is finished.
It is very rare that hair will not grow back. Sometimes the hair color or texture will be different temporarily or long-term.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
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) and stomach cells (causing nausea). Once the chemo is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back.

In brief: Yes.
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) and stomach cells (causing nausea). Once the chemo is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Additionally, sometimes the hair comes back in different textures or colors. I once had a patient that lost only her grey hair and ended up looking younger (on Vidaza).
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
In brief: Not exactly...
Hair will grow back as soon as the chemotherapy is discontinued and the hair follicles return to normal (although not always the same as pre-treatment).
It is not a direct indicator of cancer cure.

In brief: Not exactly...
Hair will grow back as soon as the chemotherapy is discontinued and the hair follicles return to normal (although not always the same as pre-treatment).
It is not a direct indicator of cancer cure.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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