• After treatment -- how soon hair will fall out ? Is it best toshave it all off ?

    Asked by fathersky on Monday, September 1, 2014

    After treatment -- how soon hair will fall out ? Is it best toshave it all off ?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      You won't necessarily lose your hair. I didn't (treated for Stage IV lung cancer). My doctor said about 10% of those treated with the drugs I got kept their hair. Mine did get pretty nasty looking though so I cut it quite short.

      I had planned to shave all of mine off the minute I got a handful of hair. I thought it would be much harder to slowly lose my hair or to lose it in big chunks than to just get rid of it myself.

      over 6 years ago
    • thompsonsaraht's Avatar
      thompsonsaraht

      My husband had a similar experience. His got really thin and there were a couple of spots that were especially thin, but the right barber was able to cut it so it didn't show.

      over 6 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      I got R-CHOP. It was about two weeks when it started falling out, all gone except for a small patch on the back of my head by three weeks.

      over 6 years ago
    • Asanayogini's Avatar
      Asanayogini

      It about 2 to 3 weeks into chemo that you can lose your hair. I did not on my first round of chemo. I m now on another chemo cocktail and I am losing strands of hair every day very little but still losing it . If my hair decides to fall out in clumps I will shave it. Lots of blessings your way

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      I was under the impression that everyone shaved their heads, and it seemed like everyone made a ceremony of it by having a loved one do the shaving. That would have crushed me. I was told that my hair would fall out before my second bout of R-CHOP (it did, about 4 days before), so I made an appointment with the woman who's cut my hair forever very early in the morning when the salon would be practically empty, and we cut it about an inch or two long. I also brought in a couple wigs for her to trim that morning, and left wearing one. She'd done it for other clients so she knew how to make it easy for me. Easing into the hair loss was just more comfortable for me. Eventually yes, it did all go, but by then I was used to the wigs and even had wrapped my mind around the concept that I had cancer. Do what's right for you. Also, my father-in-law shaved my mother-in-law's head when she had cancer; it was something they wanted to share. My husband would have been strong for me, but he would have been traumatized. I spared him participating in my nightmare that time, and I know he's grateful. He's been through enough (I have his kidney, for example).

      over 6 years ago
    • midgieb's Avatar
      midgieb

      It is strictly up to you. I like to be in control and there are only certain things you can control when you have cancer so I had a Buzz Party. My Nieces, Nephews, Siblings, Grandkids and kids all came. We had a lot of laughs and very few tears my oldest Nephew did the shaving. We ate pizza and drank wine. I say get rid of it, I couldn't stand the thought of it falling out in my food or sobeody else's. Do whatever works for you!

      over 6 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar
      alimccalli

      My doctor told me 21 days after first treatment, and she was pretty close. It started falling out earlier while I was in hospital for some complications because my body kind of shut down. Based on the drugs you will get, they can give you a pretty accurate guesstimate.

      Once it started falling out, my husband helped me shave mine off. It was just annoying to have hair falling out all over the place, and if it was going to go anyway, I just wanted it gone.

      over 6 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      They told me I would lose every hair on my body - including eye lashes & brows. Approximately, 2 weeks after my first dose of Taxotere, it started to fall out, but not in clumps. I would explain that it was more like a shedding dog (lol). People did advise me to shave my head but I felt like I was going to hang on to my hair as long as I could. I had it cut into a pixie. It got pretty thin, but not bald. In the meantime, they cut my Taxotere by 20% because of how I reacted to it. After a couple weeks the hair fall out stopped. So, at this point I have hair - not a lot, but hair. I am now half way through so I don't think I will lose any more hair.

      My oncologist office seemed to be pretty educated on which drugs would cause hair loss & tow at degree, so I would ask them.

      over 6 years ago
    • dhtdiver's Avatar
      dhtdiver

      When my DLBCNHL was first diagnosed, it was in my brain (CNS Lymphoma) and required a very specialized chemo- methotrexate- each treatment was 6 days in hospital, every 2 weeks. I did lose any hair, in fact grew more. When the same DLBCNHL returned 2 years later, I had 4 sessions of RCHOP21. My hair started falling out after 10 days. I really liked the look & had my head buzzed at a #1setting. My hair has now regrown, however, I keep it at a #2 0r 3 setting.

      over 6 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      My hair started to go about 2 weeks after treatment started - "The Great Fallout" - but it took another month or so for other areas - such as eyebrows & eyelashes. Nose hairs go too - your nose will run all the time. I went to the salon and had my hair cut off (it was shoulder length) to about an inch. I also got a cap to wear at night to catch the hair. I'm glad I did - when it started coming out in clumps, it was much easier to deal with being short.

      over 6 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      dhtdiver, I think you've mentioned one of the surprising things about cancer hair loss: it might actually wind up being a plus! When my friend's hair started to grow back she realized she looked better in a really short cut (kinda like a guy's crew cut) than the shoulder length hair she'd had all her life. For the first time she feels trendy! My hair is about 3" long now, and I'm having fun with color -- I started with Elvis black, and now I've gone to royal blue! (Yesm the woman on Project Runway gave me the push I needed.) We were so traumatized by the thought of losing our hair…now we realize it opened new doors.

      over 6 years ago
    • dhtdiver's Avatar
      dhtdiver

      I even took a photo of me holding a hairbrush and a shoe shine cloth and posted it on FB.."What to use?"

      over 6 years ago
    • lynndelee's Avatar
      lynndelee

      I have lost my hair twice. First with CHOP, it was 2-3 weeks and the second time with RICE. I recommend getting a short hair cut, something fun that you would do normally. And the shorter again when the hair warts to come out. I didn't like being reminded of the hair loss, so I vote to get cut short, I grows back!

      over 6 years ago

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