Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
Any Hair Regrowth Products Used By Women That Really Worked For Them? I've heard about Nioxin, Rogaine, Anything Else That is Better? Thanks
Asked by arizonagirl on Friday, January 11, 2013
Any Hair Regrowth Products Used By Women That Really Worked For Them?
I've heard about Nioxin, Rogaine, Anything Else That is Better? Thanks
9 Answers from the Community
An extended family member who is a professional in the field recommended Nisim shampoo. I really think it helped. It is rather pricey -- However, I got it cheaper on Amazon -- even less than their own site. Nancy is right about patience -- the full head of hair takes a lot longer than I thought it would. I started going without caps after 4 months -- I had a nice normal hair style after about 8 months. Good Luck
Arizonagirl, before you decide what to use, check out each product on the website called skin deep. This site will tell you if any of these products contain ingredients that are carcinogenic or ingredients that interfere with the endocrine system. Those tend to be estrogenic and mimic hormones. That is something you want to avoid. Best of luck, Carm.
Lots of patience. I am going to sound like I own stock in this company because I recommend it all the time here. I use John Frieda Root Awaking shampoo, conditioner and the root spray in a pump bottle. They are in lime green packaging and you can buy it wanywhere. both time I lost my hair it has come back thick and just like it was before.
I recommend Rogaine (see the citation below). But, since you ask for other suggestions, I'll share :). I've been taking prenatal vitamins, which contain extra biotin which many hair grow advice sites swear by. I'm not sure if it has made a difference, but it doesn't hurt (I'd wait to take it until you're a month pat your last chemo, don't want anything interfering with treatment).
I read about, but have not tried, Viviscal (dr Laura Brennan, the sex doc, talked about it in an interview about her BC experience, she seems to like it).
For the promised monoxidil (rogaine) citation:
In a small MD Anderson study breast cancer patients that got Rogaine showed hair growth earlier than the group that did not get it. I bought generic Rogaine ($7 for one month supply) and 2 weeks after I had hair!
Here's a link to the MD Anderson study:
Hair loss is a side effect of many chemotherapeutic agents, and patients have even refused possibly palliative or lifesaving drugs because they could not accept temporary or prolonged baldness. Topical minoxidil has been shown to be effective for androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
Our purpose was to investigate the value and safety of minoxidil in chemotherapy-induced hair loss.
Twenty-two women who were facing adjuvant chemotherapy after breast surgery were registered in a protocol that used a 2% minoxidil topical solution or a placebo in a randomized double-blind trial.
There was a statistically significant difference (favoring minoxidil) in the interval from maximal hair loss to first regrowth. Thus the period of baldness was shortened (mean, 50.2 days) in the minoxidil group.
Minoxidil decreased the duration of alopecia caused by chemotherapy. There were no significant side effects.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996 Jul;35(1):74-8.
A randomized trial of minoxidil in chemotherapy-induced alopecia.
Duvic M, Lemak NA, Valero V, Hymes SR, Farmer KL, Hortobagyi GN, Trancik RJ, Bandstra BA, Compton LD.
Department of Medical Specialties, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 77030, USA.
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