Why does it occur? Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those in your hair roots. Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp.
What are the side effects of the chemo pill?
Common side effects of chemotherapy drugs include:
- Hair loss.
- Loss of appetite.
- Mouth sores.
Do you ever fully recover from chemotherapy?
Most people say it takes 6 to 12 months after they finish chemotherapy before they truly feel like themselves again. Read the resource Managing Cognitive Changes: Information for Cancer Survivors for more information about managing chemo brain.
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.
What is the best shampoo to use after chemo?
Use baby shampoo or other mild shampoo (such as Aveeno® or Vanicream™). You should also use a cream rinse or hair conditioner. Use shampoos and conditioners that have sunscreen to prevent sun damage to your scalp. Always rinse your hair well and pat it dry with a soft towel.
How long after starting chemo do you get sick?
Acute nausea and vomiting usually happens within minutes to hours after treatment is given, and usually within the first 24 hours. This is more common when treatment is given by IV infusion or when taken by mouth.
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.