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.

    • Ligal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 hours ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Arthritis, muscle spasms, dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, tendonitis, skin rash, anxiety.

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  1. 8 days ago
    Dorialicia23's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I went through the 2nd Round of Chemo this week. Wow, all of my hair fell out, and my cranium is so sore. This is the sickest thu...

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    • Reina
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian Tu...
    about 1 month ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Awful experience. Achy bone pain, nausea. Did not feel good.

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  2. 2 months ago
    reigelsberger's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Chemo, to this point, has been very tolerable. Very minimal side effects. I can eat. Surprisingly easy so far!

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  3. 3 months ago
    CutiePie76's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Nausea/vomiting, some body pain, low energy, mouth sores, dry mputh

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  4. 3 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Too many to list with the AC cycle. T cycle so much easier!

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    • jjmyers126
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Cervical ...
    4 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Also bone pain after my shot.

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  5. 5 months ago
    Angelaine's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    yup. 5 years past chemo, still waiting for more than splotches of hair.

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    • Wes101
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Ca...
    9 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Had 15 whole brain radiation palliative care. Major side effect was fatigue and hair loss

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    • SoniaM
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    9 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    No wigs for me. Having fun with scarves and everyone loves to give me hats.

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  6. 9 months ago
    jillybean56's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    While on tx, hair would come out by root in long strands and got very straw like. I was going to be bald and that was just okay, bu...

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  7. 9 months ago
    FLGardenGirl's Avatar

    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    My hair begin selling out approximately one week after my first round so I had it paused using a number for and we left the top a li...

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