• Hair Loss

    Asked by SuzieG on Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Hair Loss

    I just completed chemo for recurrence of ovarian cancer. The first time, (2+yrs. ago) I lost all my hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. This time I lost all the hair on my head but still have eyebrows and some lashes. Is this normal? Has anyone else had this happen? I just wonder because it makes me wonder if the chemo was effective. My numbers have all been good as have my scans. I get another CT next week. It just seems odd to me since it is the same carboplatinum and Taxol combination, that I would not have lost my eyebrows and eyelashes this time.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @SuzieG,
      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse and that is common. This occurs because the new hair that grows in after the first bout of hair loss is often stronger and the hard r follicles have built up a small resistance to the regimen. I have no doubt that the carbo and Taxol regimen was effective. You describe a common occurrence. Best of luck to you.

      3 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I lost all my hair during my first diagnosis treatments, then on the second diagnosis, I didn't lose any at all.

      3 months ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar
      macfightsback

      I lost all my hair the first time. The second time it thinned. Loss of hair is affected by the type and dosage of chemotherapy and varies with the individual. Both times I have had chemo, I have been told your side effects do not relate to the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Effectiveness of chemo is evaluated by your tumor marker value (if it is accurate for you), CT/PET scan results and how you are doing (lab results, weight loss or weight gain , symptoms ect.) I hope you are doing well.

      3 months ago
    • SweetiesMom's Avatar
      SweetiesMom

      When I had carbo/Taxol for OVCA three years ago I didn't lose my eyebrows or lashes or even the hair on my arms. I wondered too if it was working but I've been NED since then, so...so far, so good.

      3 months ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Hey there, SuzieG - I only lost my hair with my first chemo (Carboplatin and Taxol) and the others may have caused a bit of thinning but no true hair loss. I don't care as long as it kills the cancer cells!

      3 months ago

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