• Hair Loss

    Asked by nanny2lexi on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Hair Loss

    When I had Breast Cancer I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt I would lose my hair. This time around my doctor told me I most likely would not lose my hair yet the girls in the Chemo room told me I would. Is this common with most treatments for colon cancer?

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    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I was on FOLFOX adtrr surgery and Xeloda pre surgery. I lost about 3/4 of my hair. Lucky for me, I had a lot to lose. In the end (he he) it just looked real thinned out.

      over 7 years ago
    • Cole's Avatar

      I am halfway through my treatments and I have only thinned out a little. I think you'll just have to wait and see unfortunately, but for most people it seems to thin.

      over 7 years ago
    • missmaisy's Avatar

      I didn't lose my hair after chemo for Colon cancer. It did get a bit thinner, but nobody noticed except me. Treatment was not bad. Good luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I was told (by an elderly lady at my church, no less), that if your cancer is above your waist, you will lose your hair, but if it is below, you will not lose head or facial hair, but you will get a free brazilian..and she was right. One of my funniest cancer moments. Good luck with your treatments!

      over 7 years ago
    • Joeyb's Avatar

      I went through 19 chemo treatments for colon cancer and I didn't lose my hair bit it did thin out quite a bit.

      over 7 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I had 12 rounds of FOLFOX and lost about 50% of my hair. It thinned tremendously on my head with a few bald patches that my husband didn't tell me about until after my hair had grown back. Another WhatNexter didn't lose hair, but it receded a bit and another friend of mine never lost a single hair, so it varies person to person. My other body hair thinned and actually never fully came back. It was nice to not have to shave very often.

      over 7 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      Hello nanny2lexi When I went thru my treatments for my colorectal cancer I never lost my hair. It got thicker. But each of us are different on how we go thru our treatments. I wish you the best of luck. I am going on 5 years being a cancer survivor. Remember Keep the Faith and STAY POSITIVE!!!! God bless you!! Cindy Burnett Sherburn Minnesota

      over 7 years ago
    • catherinemarr's Avatar

      HI,Im the middle of chemo,for colon cancer,using folfax as the drug.I have read the side effects of hair thinning,,,,but usually very little if any,I have not lost a hair,the American cancer society gave ma a free wig before I realized I wasn't losing my hair,,Im going to see if they want it back! Best wishes for your future,I have not found the treatment too challenging yet,catherine

      over 7 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I was on 5fu and Oxaliplatin for stage 3 colon cancer. Around chemo 9, I started to lose hairs about 2 inches long. Slowed down by next chemo treatment. Noticed after chemo ended that I had a receding hairline.

      over 7 years ago
    • Shanti's Avatar

      I did not lose my hair during chemo before surgery or during The four months of chemo after my surgery. Good Luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • AmyJo's Avatar

      I've been on chemo for over 3 years now and I've never lost my hair. It depends on the type of cancer, and they type of chemo they have to use.

      over 7 years ago
    • pfordeb's Avatar

      I did not lose my hair.

      over 7 years ago
    • Teresa's Avatar

      I took 5Fu and Oxaliplatin, my hair did thin a lot.

      over 7 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      I had chemo & radiation for rectal cancer. I didn't lose my hair but a bit down bottom. Smile. My neighbor about 5 houses down had the same rectal treatment and didn't lose his hair. Have a great new year.

      over 7 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      I had Oxaliplatin and 5FU. When I went in for the training and first treatment the nurse educator looked at me and said "yours will thin" and looked at the breast cancer patient and said "you will lose all yours." Mine did thin but no one could tell but me and my hairdresser! I cut it shorter anyway and everyone loved it. I never had to shave my legs either! Prayers for you..

      over 7 years ago

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