Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness.
What percentage of chemo patients lose their hair?
Approximately 65% of individuals undergoing chemotherapy will experience chemotherapy-induced hair loss, which is usually temporary and completely reversible when therapy ends. The use of molecularly targeted agents in cancer treatment has also been associated with hair loss rates as high as 60%.
Do all types of chemo cause hair loss?
Chemotherapy. Not all chemotherapy causes hair loss, but some chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause hair loss or thinning. They include: Altretamine (Hexalen)
Does cancer always make you lose hair?
The answer is no. Alopecia, or hair loss, occurs as a secondary result of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Both chemotherapy and radiation attack the rapidly growing cancer cells in your body. The treatment may also attack other normal, fast-growing cells, like the cells in your hair roots.
Is it better to shave your head during chemo?
Consider shaving your head.
Some people report that their scalps feel itchy, sensitive and irritated during their treatments and while their hair is falling out.
Does your head hurt when your hair falls out from chemo?
When hair loss does occur, it usually starts 2–3 weeks after the first treatment. Before and while your hair is falling out, your scalp may feel hot, itchy, tender or tingly. Some people find that the skin on their head is extra sensitive, and they may develop pimples on their scalp.
How can I thicken my hair after chemo?
Try hair regrowth treatment
Some research has suggested that minoxidil (Rogaine) might speed up hair regrowth or reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. Doctors may, for example, recommend Rogaine for people who have had tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer.
What should you not do after chemo?
Practice safe eating and drinking during cancer treatment.
- DO NOT eat or drink anything that may be undercooked or spoiled.
- Make sure your water is safe.
- Know how to cook and store foods safely.
- Be careful when you eat out. DO NOT eat raw vegetables, meat, fish, or anything else you are not sure is safe.
Will my hair ever go back to normal after chemo?
For most people, hair will start to return to normal about 12 months after treatment is complete. And within 5 years, almost everyone who has chemotherapy-related hair loss sees complete hair regrowth. Talk with your doctor if you’re concerned about post-chemo hair loss or any other side effects of your treatment.
Does hair grow back patchy after chemo?
Usually, your hair will start to grow back 3 to 6 months after finishing your treatment. But it may take longer if the treatment dose has been high. The hair that grows back may be thinner, patchy or a different colour. Sometimes the hair loss is permanent.