Experiences with Hair Loss

Hair loss in cancer patients is most commonly a side effect of chemotherapy. Not all types of chemotherapy causes hair loss. Hair loss is common because chemotherapy damages hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Hair loss can occur all over the body, but it is most likely to affect hair on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Hair loss will begin within 2 weeks of starting treatment and may get worse in the next 1-2 months. Hair can start to thin or start to come out in full amounts in the shower or on your pillow. When hair grows back, it does not always grow back the same. New hair can have a different color, texture, or consistency. There are many things you can do to maintain your appearance with hair loss including wigs, head scarves, hats, drawing on eyebrows, or cutting your hair short when you begin chemotherapy. Every patient is different, but typically hair will start to really grow back when chemotherapy treatment is over at about 6-10 weeks.

There are many solutions to cope with hair loss, but inevitably it lowers your self-esteem and makes you feel worse when you’re undergoing treatment. You’re really wondering, “How will I feel about losing my hair?”. A lot of WhatNexters have that same fear. Most women that share stories about hair loss agree that, while it is a shock to shave your head, you end up feeling liberated. Unfortunately, it is another part of the journey, and you adjust. If you have any fears about hair loss during treatment, read what others have done to feel okay about their appearance through their journey. Ask questions, share stories, and get firsthand insights here.

    • akwendi
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    8 days ago
    akwendi's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, fatigue, hair loss, soreness (for a few days after each treatment)

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    • rjericks
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    28 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    donated long hair to Pantene; all hair out by second chemo tx

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  1. about 1 month ago
    Melaniemore's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I lost all of my hair after my first round of chemo. It is currently growing back while on Taxol but now my eyebrows and eyelashes ...

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    • Manne
    • Experience with Granulosa Cell Tumor
    3 months ago
    Manne's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss started in the 3rd week following the first treatment

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    4 months ago
    Tammy72's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Simply thinning hair for now but my entire scalp is extremely sore to touch, wash, brush etc

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    • Lmcna10705
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sto...
    4 months ago
    Lmcna10705's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss, nausea and vomiting, blood clots, rash, bleeding gums are just some present side effects. I was diagnosed in July already...

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    • dano97531
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    5 months ago
    dano97531's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Didn't expect to loose my hair until after second chemo treatment. Yesterday started loosing by the handful. Went and got all my h...

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    • krafty76
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
    krafty76's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    So, three weeks after having ONE chemotherapy treatment my hair fell out all over the place. I am presently almost bald. Chemo is na...

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  2. 6 months ago
    cynthialou's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair started thinning after week 3 of taxol.

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    • Nyphrodel
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    6 months ago
    Nyphrodel's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Just before starting my 2nd round of treatments, my hair was beginning to fall out. I went and got a short haircut because I had VER...

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  3. 6 months ago
    CentaurWill's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    It was all falling out.... head and beard. So, about two weeks after my stem-cell transplant, I asked my nurse to cut it all off. I...

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  4. 6 months ago
    choomom49's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, vomitting, weakness, mouth sores. When finished with chemo had tamoxifen for 8 years.

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