• Did you lose your hair during chemo or from radiation?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Did you lose your hair during chemo or from radiation?

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    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Yup. Wasn't a cue ball, but it definitely wasn't more than peach fuzz.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I lost mine during chemo. That was the worst part for me because everyone knows you are sick. I hated looking in a mirror.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      Yes, I lost my hair the second week of chemo. It started coming out by the handful so I just shaved my head. Least of my worries and made showering and "hair" preparation a breeze. Got a little concerning in winter when I wore as many as three hats at a time to keep my head warm.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Let's see... I lost it and it grew back. Then I lost it again and it grew back again. Lost it again but it slowly started to grow back - then I lost it while it was growing back. Truthfully, somewhere in 9 regimens and 20 drugs, what I've lost track of is how many times I've lost my hair. Now I'm getting so old that I'm actually losing it naturally. :-0

      about 1 month ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I didn't loose my hair,but got hard to handle throughout the years.My hair dresser did my cut for years .It look so nice and now says my hair is like wire and I can't keep up with the look my hair dresser gives anymore.My body and thickness seems to be all gone

      about 1 month ago
    • NeckCancer's Avatar
      NeckCancer

      I lost mine once, then it grew back partially, very thin, but I was still on a different type of chemo than when I started.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      Sure did. I was expecting it, so when it started, I had my husband shave my head. I purchased a cute wig from The American Cancer Society TLC catalog, and loved the style. The growing back experience included a frizzy, curly period. That eventually went away and now my hair stylist gives me a cut that resembles the style of the wig I liked so much. Grows like weeds now. That's kind of scary because I'm leery of any fast cell growth!

      about 1 month ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Oh my---I was told that I'd lose my hair, and given literature about losing it. I saw my radiation oncologist that I'd go home, and get my hair shaved off, because the ACS literature said it was easier to handle if it's pretty long.

      I found out that the only hair I'd lose was my nose hairs-so I don't have to trim those on the right side, and I don't need to pluck any hairs from my right upper lip. Darn--I wish that sometimes they'd be more careful with the literature---

      about 1 month ago
    • MiriamMarino's Avatar
      MiriamMarino

      I lost all of the hair on my head and body and it didn't begin to grow back until a year later.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I lost most of my hair just a small ring of fuzz remained. I looked like a medieval monk. I had my head shaved to prevent the plumbing from being plugged. When it grew out it was twice as thick as it was before. I never had much body hair. I never shaved my legs nor plucked my eyebrows so there was little to comeback. By the time my hair did grow back, I had come to love short hair. Yesterday, I went to the hairdresser and she remarked on how thick my hair was. I told her that it wasn't ever that thick until I lost it to chemo. I also told her that I think that the reason that it is so thick is that after cancer I adopted a healthy lifestyle

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      My family got me all sorts of hats. My sister knitted me a sort of Hijab. That was a lot of fun, I joked that I really wanted a Burka to hide my face because during cancer my complexion was a horrible greenish grey. I still have the hat my daughter gave me. It is a wide brimmed sun hat. It served not only to hide the hair loss but to protect me from the sun that I was told to avoid during radiation.

      about 1 month ago

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