• Hair Loss

    Asked by EveryonesMom on Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Hair Loss

    Prior to my diagnosis, my daughter noticed I had lost chunks of hair. I finished treatment with radiation in December 2011. I have asked my oncologist and other doctors about this, they attribute this to the radiation, However, my daughter noticed this Before I was diagnosed. I am losing chunks of hair again, anyone else experience this?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • nicki0920's Avatar

      I was losing hair way before my diagnosis. My doctor said that it isn't uncommon to lose hair because of illness or even stress. Take that with a grain of salt. It seems my doctor barely knows which end of the stethoscope to put in his ears.

      over 7 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      I have heard that our hair will let us know when things are not right with our bodies. A friend of mine started loosing hair a few years ago,, and she was upset about it. Later she was diagnosed with BC,, ( more devastastion), and her doctor told her that her hair was the first sign of illness. I do hope yours grows back, might not come back like it was before. There are products on the market to use,, some work for some people, then it doesn't work for others. Everybody is different, and even the doctors don't know if, & when your hair will grow back, they can't tell how it will grow back. Everybody is different, and a diagnoses is different for all of us.. and so is treatment.. Do you have a hair stylist? They might be able to give you advice on what products might work. I myself, did not loose my hair, it just got thin. but I figure, what the heck,, it's just hair!,,, I still had my health,, & it was getting better,, Good Luck to you,, God Bless,,, june

      over 7 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar

      I got my hair back after chemo ended but recently started it started coming out again. My doctors think it is caused by the stress/anxiety I feel. They recommended meds for the anxiety. I also investigated a natural alternative- black currant seed oil capsules from the health food store. Something seems to be working because my hair has stopped falling out!
      Good luck!!

      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      There may be separate issues here...first I would ask to have your thyroid levels checked, secondly, I would get a referral to see a dermatologist to be sure you do not have alopecia areata...your PCP should be able to handle this...good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • judith1954's Avatar

      Have you had your thyroid checked?I lose chunks of hair daily. I have hypothyroidism. My thyroid quit working then started again but I still lose hair daily..handfuls.Just a thought.Good luck!Keep us updated. judy

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Hi EveryonesMom,
      If you had hair loss before cancer treatments, that sounds like an autoimmune disease, probably alopecia. Or some sort of vitamin deficiency. I don't know your general health or your age ( autoimmune diseases usually strike the young but not always ) but I would definitely ask your regular doctor, or maybe go to a rheumatologist. I'm saying this because I'm a lupus patient as well as a cancer patient, and I suffered from hair loss prior problems years before I had cancer. For my hair I use Rogaine twice a day, and I also take 3 pills of MSM every day ( from trader joes but many places sell it ) and I finally have nice full hair again. I'm 54 and I've had cancer for 3 years and lupus for 34 years. Good luck to you and god bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I am losing my hair due to my thyroid being slow. My hair use to be thick and curly and now it is thin and straight. I am on thyroid, but it doesn't seem to help the hair. I am taking supplements and it seems to help. Biotin is the one that is suppose to be good for hair and nails. I use to have very weak nails, but now they are strong and the hair fall out has slowed somewhat so I can only attribute it to the Biotin. But like the others say, it might be something else and you should have it checked out. I am going to try that Black Current See Oil Capsules and see what that does for me and my hair fall out.

      over 7 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar

      There are a lot of hair growth solutions out there where the shampoo's are. There are also some that are prescription.There are also pills. I have never heard anything negative about them so I guess they work. People have come for refills also when I was employed as a pharmacy technician. I have also seen commercials for various products or procedures to help hair growth. Good Luck and thanks for the tip about the hair loss and cancer diagnosis or a second diagnosis. The only hair loss I'm familiar with is with chemo. I am sorry you are experiencing this.KimG09

      over 7 years ago

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