Asked by amkates on Sunday, May 26, 2013


    I completed radiation two months ago and chemo tree weeks, and now my hair is coming out and thinning quickly, I thought this happened during treatment not after. Did any one else have this and how long did it last

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The effects of chemo and radiation linger in your body for months, this could just be a delayed reaction.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      its different for everyone..Hair starts to fall out about three weeks after chemo and it depends upon the chemo. The new one Alimta does not cause hair loss.but some people only have thinning. I lost all my hair and now I have more hair than I know what to do with and its very curly like when I was born. Now that I have the right products on it I am getting compliments where ever I go. Hang in there the hair does grow back

      over 3 years ago
    • 4ellieluv2's Avatar

      My hair just started coming out by the handfuls after 4 weeks or so of chemo and it started suddenly and very quickly so I decided to just have all my hair shaved off and wear scarfs, hats,etc...been told that the hair will grow back very very curly and possibly a different color???the next few weeks should be very interesting....

      over 3 years ago
    • Lasander's Avatar

      Last year when I did chemo/rad the only body hair I lost was my eyelashes. In one day, during treatment, I woke up and they had all fallen out and were laying there on my shirt like ducks in a row. This year, I am doing Altima, it's supposed to be easier on hair loss. However I am having to take neulasta injections which is making my hair fall out. It's different for everyone. The main thing to remember "what falls out will grow back" and even if you are P bald today, today is your day!

      over 3 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      I lost all of my hair during chemo then it started growing back about three weeks after I stopped. Then I started radiation. I didn't loose it until the very end and it still hasn't grow back. However I have a patch in the back of my head that grows like gang busters but that's the only spot.I just started chemo again this past week so who knows what is going to happen. I've accepted being bald and just keep it covered so I don't burn.

      over 3 years ago
    • MRoadrunner's Avatar

      I started chemo last September and my hair started falling out two weeks later, to the day. I shaved my head and continued to do so through PCI and radiation. I stopped shaving after radiation finished 3/27 and have just started to grow peach fuzz, so two months for me...although the hair at my neckline is about 3/4" long.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I use Curls unleashed and Twisted sista lines. These are just awesome products usually found in the women of color section..I let all the curl go wild but I flat Iron the bits in front of my ears and my bangs. It looks great in just a few min.

      When it first came in its was so brittle and dry that was around 6 months ago. I did adjuvant chemo with Alimta so it didn't fall out but it didn't grow either. Now its growing again and I had all the real fried stuff cut off and my hair is about 3 inches long now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gidget1978's Avatar

      I did 15 radiation treatments on my head. About mid way thru mine started thinning. Within 2 weeks I was bald. They ended in Nov, it is now starting to return slowly. You have to remember, even tho the treatments are over, the radiation continues to work for approx 6 months. & depending on the type of chemo your taking can affect the outcome as well. Be patient it will come back. Meanwhile, sport it proudly because BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!

      over 3 years ago

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