• Hair loss

    Asked by SoCalGal on Sunday, December 22, 2013

    Hair loss

    Wondering how long after starting chemo that my hair starts to fall out. Do we lose our eyebrows and eyelashes also?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • Carool's Avatar

      It depends, of course, on the type of chemo. With my chemo for breast cancer (Adriamycin and Cytoxin), my hair began to fall out three weeks after my first treatment (maybe two and a half weeks, actually). As soon as I saw I could just tug bunches of hair out of my head - no pain - I got a buzz cut. And, yes, everywhere there is hair, the hair falls out. The good thing is, it begins to grow back as soon as chemo stops. On this site you will find many posts about hair loss and our emotional reactions to it and ways of coping and covering our heads. Best to you - Carool

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My hair started to fall out 12 days after my 1st chemo...I didn't loose my eyebrows or lashes till after I was done chemo....but the rest of my hair (arms, legs etc) went with my head hair!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar

      It was about 2 weeks for me, but I didn't lose my eye brows or eye lashes. Not yet, anyway. I finished my last round of chemo a week ago, but because they had to reduce my doseage the last 2 rounds I am already getting peach fuzz.

      almost 8 years ago
    • BabsWon's Avatar

      Hair was gone in about 2 weeks. Didn't lose my lashes or brows, but they did seem to thin. It seems strange, but I lost hair inside my nostrils and that was something I never thought of before it happened. Didn't miss having to shave under arms or legs. Good luck with chemo - it can really be interesting to see how it affects each one of us in different ways.

      almost 8 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Started to lose my hair exactly 14 days after 1st round of chemo. Got a buzz cut and none has fallen out since, weird. But, glad I got the buzz anyway. Better than having clumps of hair only. And, I still have all my other hairs everywhere else except my girly region. I know, go figure!

      almost 8 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Ha! Girly region, I was going to say my Suzie but I did not think anyone would know what I was talking about.

      almost 8 years ago
    • shhwee's Avatar

      The weekend after my first chemo treatment my hair came out in massive clumps. EVERYTHING fell out; eyebrows, eyelashes.

      The bright side? I saved a lot of money on razors and shaving cream :D

      almost 8 years ago
    • CakeLady's Avatar

      Hey SoCalGal. Sorry you are here but I hope and will pray things go well for you. My hair started falling out about 10 days after the first treatment (as my doctor warned me it would). After 2 months of consently cleaning up hair, I buzzed mine off, razor stuble was uncomfortable so I had to shave my head also. I was grateful to have eyebrows and eyelashes though they did lighten in texture and color but I did have enough to put make up on. I had 6 rchop treatments and have had nearly a year and a half of no treatments. Hair came back slower then I would ever have guessed (the last day I shaved my head was the day of my last treatment) now my hair looks nealy like my picture again and it is my own rather then a wig. I was afraid it would come back gray but I still have color too! God bless and good luck to you

      almost 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      17 days for my hair. Didn't lose all of my eyelashes. Brows thinned, but I still had 'em. Arm hair, leg hair, pit hair plus hair south of the border all gone. And even though my hair came back nice & thick, my body hair is still sparse (Not that I really care...) And as others have said, it all depends on the exact cocktail your oncologist is giving you. I had REALLY long hair, and I thought it would tear me apart. I actually took it much better than I thought. Just a few tears when I got it cut short before having it buzzed, and that was because the stylist was tearing up.

      almost 8 years ago
    • kiki95632's Avatar

      What type of Chemo are you on? I lost my hair after second RCHOP treatment. I only lost the hair on my head and eyebrows. Some people in the infusion center lost eyelashes and everywhere. When it does happen it is a shock, but you will get thru it. Losing hair was the easiest part of chemo for me. Chemo sickness was harder.

      almost 8 years ago
    • 7luces7's Avatar

      Hi ! I agree, that depends of the type of chemo. In my case I losse the hair from all parts of my body. And yes, this is easy part of the chemo, you can fix it with a nice wig. The other secondary efects are harder. Good luck thruogh this process. My prayers are with you. Margarita.

      almost 8 years ago
    • BigRon's Avatar

      I started losing around the 2nd or 3rd treatment of RCHOP, mostly body hair with hair on head gradually falling out. By the 5th cycle of chemo I lost my eyebrows.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ggort's Avatar

      With my chemo Five-FU for colon cancer I did not loose my hair completely, I did have very thick hair. It got real thin and short. When it started coming back in it came in fuzzy in some areas and darker then my normal color. It does hurt near my roots. I never lost my eyebrows or lashes but others going throough the same did. So I guess it depends on the person them selves. I have been on chemo since July of 2012 every 2 weeks

      almost 8 years ago
    • SoCalGal's Avatar

      Thank you everyone for your responses. Apparently I am going to be doing the RCHOP treatment. I am scheduled for my first round of Monday, the 30th for 6 hours and then back the next day for hours on Tuesday. This will be my first round of treatment. Appreciate hearing everyone's experiences. Very helpful

      almost 8 years ago

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