• hair growth during chemo

    Asked by sheagirl29 on Friday, December 30, 2016

    hair growth during chemo

    During my first 3 rounds of chemo, my hair started falling out. Once it got so thin I decided to just go ahead and shave the rest of it off. After my 3rd round, my dr decided to change my chemo meds from Carboplatin and Taxol to Doxil and Gemzar. Well, since starting the new chemos my hair has started growing back. My question is, IS THIS NORMAL?? I mean dont get me wrong, I'm very happy that my hair is growing back but is it normal for this to happen?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I was on different chemo (Adriamycin/Cytoxan followed by Taxol), but my hair started to grow back about two weeks before I finished chemo (after my tenth of 12 Taxol infusions). I don't think it's anything to be concerned about, but I'd say to check with your oncologist or chemo nurse just for peace of mind.

      18 days ago
    • sheagirl29's Avatar
      sheagirl29

      Thank you for your response Ejouneys. It makes me feel better knowing Im not the only one.

      18 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I was on carboplatin. I didn't lose my hair, but my oncologist said 90 to 95% do. At least in my case, losing my hair or not had nothing to do with whether the chemo was working. Nevertheless, I, too, would ask my oncologist - just to be sure

      18 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Because you switched to a different chemo cocktail, maybe this one is a little easier on the cells and that may be why your hair has started coming back. I would ask the doctors just to be safe, but this may be an "extra bonus" for the new chemo.

      18 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Sheagirl29, not all chemo treatments cause hair loss. Taxol was the culprit in your initial treatment. I also was on Carboplatin and Taxol then Cisplatin and Taxol I was told to blame the hair loss on the Taxol .

      17 days ago
    • Patriciaa1963's Avatar
      Patriciaa1963

      I was on Taxol/Carbo when initially diagnosed. I lost all my hair. It's the Taxol that causes it. I was on Gemzar/Carbo for 1st recurrence. My hair thinned a bit, but didn't lose much. Be happy the hair is coming back.

      17 days ago
    • Spudpn's Avatar
      Spudpn

      I am on RCHOP and my hair fell out after the 2nd chemo treatment. Have now had 4 treatments and hair is starting to grow but very whispy and white.

      17 days ago
    • wife2elliot's Avatar
      wife2elliot

      I lost my hair with Carboplatin and Taxotere and also with Cisplatin and Taxotere..now I am on Avastin and my hair is growing in now..my original color is dark brown but it comes back in at first as grey or white and then changes back to its normal color..great that your hair is with you! (I never minded being bald and started out with a full head of hair down to my shoulders...I have some great wigs that don't look like wigs at all and then there are days a scarf or baseball hat do just fine!)

      17 days ago
    • Katskradle's Avatar
      Katskradle

      My experience is the same as Patriciaa1963. 1st cycle was Carbo/taxol/avastin. Lost almost every hair on my body, including nose hairs. I didn't mind the bald because it was easy. 1sy recurrence on Doxil/Avastin. After 3 rounds, requested another type of chemo as I couldn't tolerate the hand/foot syndrome side effect from the doxil. Did 6 cycles of carbo and Gemzar. Had hair thinning. Last infusion was April 2016, but Ca125 is starting to creep up, so will see what's in the future!

      14 days ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      I first had weekly dose-dense treatment with carboplatin and taxol and all my hair fell out. After six months, it was changed to maintenance chemo of taxol only. My hair started to grow in just a little - like a light fuzz.

      Now I take olaparib (brand name Lynparza) pills and haven't lost any hair at all.

      10 days ago
    • Lesl's Avatar
      Lesl

      Hi all
      I just started my Chemo 4 weeks ago (Taxol & Carboplatin) for Ovarian and secondary cancers (stage IV) and I started to lose my hair in clumps on day 20. Woke up very early this morning with loose hair floating around my face and in my mouth (yuck) and when I got up and brushed it gently, large amounts were coming out. My hair is fine & light anyway but then I could see my scalp so clearly I decided it was time to bite the bullet and take the lot off this evening.

      I have to say it is a very odd sensation have no hair around at all - a bit cold and slightly breezy as I walk around the room. I'm heartened to hear of the quite quick regrowth being reported here. But my oncology nurse was telling me that in her experience, people who originally had straight hair (like me) had it grow back curly and others who were curly came back straight! Given the choice, I don't particularly want curly hair but if that's what I get, then I'll just be grateful to get some back anyway and will have to work with what I'm given but I'm intrigued!
      Is that true in your experience?

      5 days ago
    • sheagirl29's Avatar
      sheagirl29

      Hi Lesl,
      A little advice before you cut the rest of your hair off. Make sure you use a 1 guard on the clippers when you shave your head. I made the mistake of using no guard and wound up with this awful razor rash. And oh my goodness, my scalp was so very sore for about a week to a week and a half after. It was terrible.

      5 days ago
    • Lesl's Avatar
      Lesl

      Hi Shea,
      Thanks for the advice but I actually had my husband, David, do the clipping last night and then he then wet-shaved it & wow, it was so close and he did such a good job that it feels as soft and smooth as a baby's skin! Anyway, the job is now done and although it does feel a bit odd right now, I'm now also trying the first one of two wigs out today for work. That also feels a bit weird but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained! :) Have a great day everyone. Lesley

      5 days ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Hi, @Lesl -- "chemo curls" is a common occurrence. My hair was originally slightly wavy, but when it came back after chemo my showers especially would leave me wanting to sing "On the Good Ship Lollipop." That was weirder to me than being bald! Two years after the fact, most of my chemo curls have grown out. I've heard that typically they last about a year, but they could also last considerably longer. Wishing you all the best!

      4 days ago

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