• How many people lost their hair to Chemotherapy but retained their eyebrows and eyelashes??

    Asked by Bashiemn on Saturday, March 17, 2012

    How many people lost their hair to Chemotherapy but retained their eyebrows and eyelashes??

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    • mythreesons' Avatar

      Had my hair shaved, but it was coming out. I still have my eyebrows and eyelashes. I keep thinking they will be the next to go, but still have them. Have just had my first round of taxol, the information I was given about taxol, said "loss of scalp and body hair will occure after 1-2 cycles, so I think the taxol may take the eyebrows and eyelashes. Time will tell.

      about 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My husband cut off my hair with clippers because it was coming out in clumps. Taxol took most of my eyebrows and eyelashes. I think I had only a few left at the end of my last chemo treatment.

      about 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have my last chemo on Wednesday. Lost my hair with the first cycle and all of my body hair except eyebrows and eyelashes shortly thereafter. My eyebrows and eyelashes are still exactly as they have always been. I had to laugh at an recent episode of "The Mentalist" where the lead character exposed another character that was faking cancer/chemo because she had eyebrows.

      about 9 years ago
    • pakb56's Avatar

      Interesting you asked that. I finished by 2nd taxol/carbo about a week and a half ago. If I had not shaved my head, I would have had bald patches. Arm pits, arms, legs, girlie parts, hair is pretty much gone. But, the eyebrows and eyelashes still there. I think I may have lost a few but they are hanging in there still.

      about 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My hair came out in clumps, I just had it buzzed, this was from chemo my first go with hodgkins disease, I had vinchristine, and Bleo, and another I cant remember. It grew back, then my second go with Hodgkins I had a different type of chemo, I don't remember, and didn't loose anything. I had radiation in the chest up to my jaw line. I lost the hair just int the back of my head, from the crown of my head down. Never lost eyebrows and eyelashes. but an interesting thing is I lost the hair under my arms, and it has never grown back.

      about 9 years ago
    • cavalierlover's Avatar

      I have Stage 4 colon cancer taking the 5FU, Avastin and the Opthimaly (spelling?) CHEMO THAT EFFECTS COLD AND WARM OF HANDS AND FEET.

      Still have my hair and I am on the 5th treatment. I must take 12 treatments so who knows. I am taking this cancer thing one step at a time. What's Next is a perfect name for this site.

      I have learned a lot. Thank you all so much for your information.

      about 9 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I am currently on Cisplatin once a week for 8 weeks and radiation for 8 weeks 5 days a week stage 3 cervical. On my 4th week right now and have yet to experience loss of any body hair. My radiation doc said I will lose the hair on my head because treatment is higher up my abdomen and my chemo doc said I won't lose it due to chemo.

      I had my hair down to my waist and about 2 weeks ago I cut it up to my shoulders. I didn't want to shave it off in the chance that I might not lose it at all. Wishfull thinking :) Having had long hair most of my life I have gotten used to losing a lot of hair while showering, washing my hair, even brushing it so at this point I can't tell if what I'm losing is due to treatment or not. From what I've read losing hair in general varies from person to person. I'll just deal with it when it happens...if it happens. I have to say though....I went online today and uploaded my pic on a hairstyle generator just to see how I'd look in a shorter doo since I have a round face. LOL just for fun.....think I might cut it again and try something different. :) Not completely decided on it just yet. ;)

      about 9 years ago
    • PPaseka's Avatar

      My wife had 28 radiation treatments to the pelvis and six chemo treatments with cisplatin that ended Feb.6, 2011 and we started full dose cisplatin on Feb. 24th along with oral Xeloda two weeks on one week off. She has cisplatin once every three weeks. We are one week post our second treatment and she has yet to lose any hair with the exception of her pelvis. Keeping our fingers crossed as we are nearing the end of treatments. One more to go on April 5.

      about 9 years ago
    • Islandgirl's Avatar

      great question..i have only finished treatment 2 of 4 using taxotere and cytoxan...hair began to fall out 15 days after treatment 1 but so far eyebrows and lashes are still going strong ,due to have treatment 3 tomorrow..

      about 9 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      I lost all my hair after the second round of AC but kept eyelashes and brows until I started Taxol. By the fourth week of Taxol, my hair started growing back but I started losing lashes and brows. Now I look like a Chia pet with a really bad eyebrow plucking. I have about 10 eyelashes left and opt for false ones when I want to dress up.

      about 9 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Kept eyebrows and lashes with A & C Sessions. Just had 3rd Taxol and lashes are going. Eyebrows may be a little thinner but still there. I just have one more session left so maybe I will luck out.

      about 9 years ago
    • RegMarMar's Avatar

      Taxol has left fuzz on my scalp, but no evidence of body hair anywhere else! I draw on eyebrows if i'm going to see people, and eyeline my lashless eyes. I always wear a wig. If I don't do this, I look like I have cancer. I've noticed people treat you differently if you look like you have cancer and not in a good way. They make you feel like a freak. Or maybe that's all in my head, but I don't think so. Not entirely. I marvel at the women who seem to embrace their cancer and wear no makeup or wigs. They're just like "Yep, have cancer and I'm dealing with it, so you deal with it too." I'd like to be like that, except I REALLY don't like the way I look! It depresses me. We're all different, I guess. Anyway, for the life of me, I can't get my eyebrows to match! Even if I get close to getting them even on both sides, when I buff them with a q-tip so that I don't look like Graucho Marx, I mess them up then and then it's too late. Gotta wash your face and start all over with the makeup and even I don't care enough to start all over. But what a dumb thing to be concerend with when you're dealing with cancer, right? Eyebrows. For 50 years the only thought I gave my eyebrows was did they need to be plucked or not. If they did it was 10 minutes twice a week or so. Now I actually feel like my chances of having a good day are improved if I can just draw the XXX things on evenly the first time, and buff them into looking more natural without smearing and wrecking them. Crazy. And now I've spent even more time of my dwindeling life talking about it!!!

      about 9 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      RegMarMar - Thanks for your response. I was wondering if you have taken the Look Good Feel Better class that the American Cancer Society offers? They have make up tips and you get free goodies.
      Also, I know that some places sell eyebrow stencils - Avon has them, for one. Maybe that would help you with drawing them on evenly?

      As for your feeling that people treat you differently and feeling like a freak -I'm so sorry to hear that you feel that way. I can say that I have been out an about with scarves, turbans and even with my bald head held proud and I have not had anyone treat me differently - strike that - in the 3 1/2 months I've been dealing with this just one person stared at me. I've even had people offer support. I'm so sorry that your experience has been poor with that.

      Try not to think of it as a "dwindling life" as much as a fight for your life. Cancer is not a death sentence, it is a wake up call.

      I wish you the best. If you haven't done the class I mentioned, I think you would benefit from it - not only for the make up tips, but to be in a room with other women going through the same thing. I felt "normal" for the first time in a while when i took the class a couple of weeks ago.

      about 9 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      I lost all my body hair.

      over 8 years ago
    • mama9's Avatar

      I have done 5 R-CHOP treatments so far and still have my eye lashes and eyebrows. They are a little thinner now ( they were never lush). I am hoping they do not come out when I have radiation and High dose chemo for my stem cell transplant. I have not been using mascara now because I think removing it may cause more to fall out.

      over 8 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      I had 8 sessions of CHOP and kept my eyebrows and lashes. The hair was gone before the 2nd treatment. It started coming out in clumps and decided to have it cut off. I opted for a wig. No one knew the difference unless I told them, it was such a good match.

      over 8 years ago
    • SmedleyMugwomp's Avatar

      I lost most all hair to R-CHOP. My wife said 'Nary a hair, anywhere!' Actually, had a few eyebrow and eyelash hairs left, but mostly gone. The worst is the loss of hair inside your nose--with a cold, your nose runs and runs! Ewww--gross--just sayin'.
      After chemo, some came back--most did not. Still bare underarms, but the hair growing from my ears is fine, thank you very much.
      The part that is strange is the way it grow back--or not. My ENT Dr. had chemo in college and he went from fair, almost blond and straight hair to dark and curly after chemo. I just tell people I'm prematurely grey (at 64-not likely!)
      As usual, each person is different from others with the same DX, and your results may vary from mine. Oh yeah--ball caps are rough on the inside--lay in a good collection of bandannas and fleece hats--I wore a fleece hat to bed for about a year until my head hair grew back in.

      almost 7 years ago

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