• Hair loss after carboplatin/alimpta or Imfinzi

    Asked by 2943 on Monday, December 3, 2018

    Hair loss after carboplatin/alimpta or Imfinzi

    I started experiencing severe thinning about 3 weeks after 1st infusion(had 2). Now on Imfinzi. Will it stop?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I got carboplatin, Alimta and Avastin. My hair thinned and seemed like it burned ... but it didn't fall out.

      12 days ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Live with Cancer...how long did it ‘thin’?

      12 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      2943, i didn't actually notice it thinning. My hair is fine anyway. So, i can't actually answer your question. It got really ugly - might have been better to have lost it and gotten to start over, except it also grows very slow.

      I don't know that people who know me realized it thinned. I could tell when i tried to make it cooperate. I kept it cut very short.

      12 days ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      My hair is way thick so tough for others to see but I sure do. I did the don’t wash too much (once a week), stopped coloring, etc, gentle brushing, no heat (drying or styling!). Just am hoping it does not continue with Imfinzi

      12 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I went from carbo/alimta/avastin to Opdivo. My hair grew back.

      11 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Over ten years and 20 drugs, plus intense chemo at 3-10X for transplant, What I have lost is the count of how many times I've lost my hair. Chemo does not last forever. You will get through this. Balance the hassle of hair loss against what will happen if you do not fight the cancer. That is the new baseline. Everything must be balanced against that.

      There are wigs, scarves, ball caps, watch caps, hoodies, flair hair visors and simply staying at home. Now, I'm a guy, but losing my hair was far better than losing my life.

      11 days ago
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      2943

      This is a rad difference. I am asking how long this continues as I am told it is not totally losing but thinnining. I finished the chemo 9 weeks ago but started the Imfinzi.

      11 days ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar
      Gumpus61

      OK......My wife has been through the hair loss thing multiple times. First time is no different than the third or fourth. At some point she accepts what is happening and drinks two glasses of wine, shaves her head, and mourns the loss of her hair. As a care giver the strangest thing is when the eyebrows leave lol ! After treatment stops her hair comes back in about 6-8 weeks to the degree that it just looks real short. it came back darker and a bit thicker each time which was a thrill as she never cared for her hair color or it's fine nature (no woman loves her own hair until she loses it !) She never really liked wigs, so caps and scarves are her most frequent solution. I suppose some women would like to be able to walk around without anyone knowing about their cancer, I know my wife is as conscious of her appearance as she ever was. The Amazing thing with the scarf is that so many other women recognize what your living with and acknowledge it with a hug or a supportive comment, don't cheat your self out of that. Best Wishes on your journey !

      11 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer (Best Answer!)

      2943, unless Imfinzi causes hair loss (and I have no idea), you should be finished losing hair. It did take mine a long time to recover from the burned look after I got finished with chemo, but it quit falling out, I think.

      11 days ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Thank you!

      11 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I did Taxol/Carboplatin. I started shedding 18 days after my first treatment. I had hair all over my desk at work, so I got buzzed. I completed treatment at the end of Jan 2013. I had enough regrowth to dump the hats at the beginning of April. Good luck.

      11 days ago

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