• Hair falling out? Only the head or other body hair?

    Asked by Kdowg on Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Hair falling out? Only the head or other body hair?

    I don't care about the hair on my head as I keep it trimmed very short (1/8" right now). What about the rest of the body hair, will any thing else fall out? I'll be starting Folfox chemo in a few weeks and am kind of a hairy guy, or was since some of my body hair was shaved off before surgery.


    13 Answers from the Community

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      I have lost the hair on my head and had the hair on the rest of my body thin out, but not totally fall out. I even refuse to shave my beard as I have had it since I was 17. That being said everyone is different so what happens to you may be different. The first chemo I had did not make my hair fall out. Good luck!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      The hair on my head is gone. No more underarm hair or anything "down there." The rest of my body hair, like chest, legs and arms have thinned somewhat. My beard got patchy, and looks a bit more like a teenager now. That was the hardest part for me, but it has grown back some!

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I lost practically all the hair on my body everywhere when on chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Falling out all over (except on my chin, darn). The worst is losing the silica in my nose. I have bad allergies, and the lack of nose hair is making my reactions worse, cause I have no natural filter, and basically can't do anything but saline rinses, and anti histamines.

      over 8 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      On Folfox, I lost the hair from my eyebrows down. Hair on my head stayed put, tho was straight for the first time in my life! (My family started to question whether I was truly one of them, as the only person to every have dead straight hair!) It took a couple of years for my normal curls to come back, tho the body hair came back quickly post chemo.

      Folfox is not known as a drug that causes hair loss.

      over 8 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I retained all the hair on my head (hair, eyebrows,lashes) but lost everything else, but everyone is different

      over 8 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar

      My husband lost all of his hair except for a tiny bit of baby fuzz on his head. Eyebrows, eye lashes, nasal, facial and body hair are gone. Bald is beautiful! He was on a different chemo regimen, but after a couple of cycles it was gone.

      over 8 years ago
    • Elle's Avatar

      I lost all of my hair everywhere. The ones that surprised me the most were eyebrows, eye lashes, all of the tiny, fine hair on my arms, face and even the hair in my nose!

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I lost all my hair everywhere on adriamycin/ cytoxin and paclitaxol.

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      The chemo for dad's first cancer was taxol and carboplatin. He lost all body hair-- eyebrows and all. The new drug is gemcitabine for pancreatic/biliary cancer, with no hair loss.

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Each chemo drug has different side effects. The Folfox chemo drug, 5FU, that causes the hair loss seems to affect people differently. I was told that it would be hair-thinning and that was what happened (but I had a friend who didn't lose a single strand). I have a very thick head of hair and lost about half and what remained was thin. It didn't start thinning until about the 4th or 5th treatment. The hair in other places also thinned significantly, but I never lost it completely anywhere. From a female point of view...it was nice to not have to shave my legs that often!

      over 8 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I was on Folfox and Oxaliplatin for colon cancer and started losing some hair on my head at chemo 8 but nothing noticeable in the long run.

      over 8 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I was on Folfox and lost some hair on my head which looks like a bad hair day everyday! My arms and legs lost hair. Didn't have to shave at all.

      over 7 years ago

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