• Can new hair growth start during chemo treatment?

    Asked by fulto11 on Monday, November 14, 2011

    Can new hair growth start during chemo treatment?

    Is it normal for hair growth during chemo. My husband lost his hair after two weeks of the first treatment of chemo. He goes every 3 weeks for treatment. Right toward the end of the third week he has to shave a small amount of stubble. Does that mean the chemo is out of his system? Does the chemo drugs stay in your system the duration of our 3 weeks? Or is there a time that it depletes? He asked me that question tonight. Maybe this is a lame question. Just curious.

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    • kimjx6's Avatar

      Good morning. I'm not an expert but my nurses have told me it happens. I have hair growing back on my head (no where else) after many months of treatment. At first i was concerned that the chemo wasn't working anymore but the nurses said that's not the case, that it DOES happen to people. Sometimes it's the body just getting accustomed to the treatment, they say. I would certainly talk to your doctor about it to get an official "word". That can be kind of scary to not be sure. But i wouldn't worry yourself or think treatment isn't working. Hope this helps.

      almost 9 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar

      I asked that before my treatment and learned that everybody's reaction to chemo. is different . I had a full set of chemo. and radiation to treat lower third Esophageal Cancer. My hair did not fully fall out, it was patchy. My goatee was not affected, but certain spots on my head and arm pits were. I think it depends on amount and how long the exposure is. Most people just shave it all off at first signs of it falling out. That part is the "comming to terms phase" as I like to call it.

      Mine, didn't completely fall out, but without shaving it all off lead to a mess of hair everywhere, pillows, clothing, etc...I found it humorous, because I'm a male, but I'm sure to a lot of people it is shocking and very upsetting.

      I learned that the chemo. stays in the system for quite a while after the sessions. Sometimes getting relapses after it was completed, like the nausea and aches. I'm pretty sure that it builds-up in our systems, kills all the cells and after treatment, it wears off in time. A long process.... and then your immune system will start to rebuild itself.

      I hope I was able to help out,

      almost 9 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar

      Even though I stumbled with my question...you all answered it perfectly. Thank you for the feed back. My husband seems to glide through this (with a whatever attitude and lots of will power). I am the bundle of nerves. Thank you so much. Have a blessed day.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Jeannie's Avatar

      I am wondering the same thing. I shaved my head 2 weeks into chemo, it fell out in another week and than started growing (white peach fuzz) shortly after.
      I"m stage 4 ovarian cancer so am worried my chemo isn't working. I go for blood work tomorrow so will ask than. If I can figure out how to get you guys back I will tell you what they tell me.

      almost 9 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar

      Hi Jeannie,
      When I posted this question...my biggest fear is that the chemo was out of his system. Please tell us what the doc says. Never too much information. Smile. Have a wonderful day.

      almost 9 years ago

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