• Breast cancer and hair loss

    Asked by cllinda on Monday, December 31, 2012

    Breast cancer and hair loss

    I started losing my hair last week, due to chemo for Breast cancer. Is my scalp supposed to hurt like crazy from the hair loss? And will this go away?

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Yes, scalp will hurt. Couple weeks, maybe? I had my head shaved and I think helped a bit. My neck, jaw, and shoulders were really sensitive and sore for many weeks during A/C chemo. Not sure if it was related but it felt like the same pain as the scalp pain to me.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Mine didn't hurt but it kind of tingled. I never completely lost my hair, though...it just thinned out and I had some bald spots so I shaved it.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      It hurt at first when my hair starting falling out, then it was okay.....

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Yes, it did hurt. My daughter started running her fingers through it in a massaging motion and it started coming out in handfuls -- it was soothing (& traumatic). My son shaved the rest off the next day -- and had his shaved in support of me. This all put an end to the "hurting".

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      yes to both questions :)

      over 4 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      Yes it did hurt like crazy. It was the trigger point for me to decide to shave the hair off. As soon as I shaved the pain went away. I delayed shaving as much as I could as I did not want to loose my hair but it was falling by the handful and I was tired of sweeping and cleaning it up. It was the hardest moment of my life but I felt it was part of the treatment. I would not let my husband nor son shave me. I closed the bathroom door, cried a lot but did it! I felt I had to do it. I ended my chemo in October and my hair is starting to peak out, just a fuzz for now, but I see it!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Yes, the sensation can range from tingling to tenderness to pain some days. I didn't experience it at the hair loss point; I had my head shaved two weeks after my first chemo round as it started falling out by the handful. It was a year ago and the cold MI weather forced me to use cuddly stocking caps day and night for warmth and comfort. After treatments and my hair starting coming back in, that's when the tingling and tenderness really hit...but it does eventually go away. Now I have a full head of hair again and the sensation is almost entirely gone.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Yes and yes

      over 4 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      The One to One mentor I spoke with said even though it sounds crazy, she used her vacuum cleaner without the attachments against her head and it relieved a lot of the pressure and pain she experienced I don't start chemo until early February myself.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      When I was losing my hair, I never had a problem with my scalp hurting, guess i was lucky. I use jojoa oil on my hair and scalp, maybe that's why.

      over 4 years ago

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