• is it normal for more than half of my hair to come out after the first chemo treatment? i didn't think it would happen so fast

    Asked by nannylanie on Monday, December 1, 2014

    is it normal for more than half of my hair to come out after the first chemo treatment? i didn't think it would happen so fast

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I was told to expect to lose my hair before second treatment and I was completely bald by the second treatment. I remember feeling strange with hair during my first treatment, but after that I fit right in with everyone else. While I don't recommend it as a long-term solution, I just kept thinking of the money I was saving on hair care products, cuts, time to get ready, and then I didn't care as much about losing my hair.

      over 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Eighteen days after my first Adriamycin/Cytoxan infusion I lost more than half my hair just by gently rubbing my scalp. I trimmed the rest down as far as I could. Details with photos here:
      http://csn.cancer.org/node/275914
      My last (I hope) chemo was on Oct. 16. Little by little, my hair is now growing back.

      over 6 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie

      Mine came out exactly two weeks after the first treatment.

      over 6 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      I started to lose my hair 13 days after my 1st treatment. Day 14 I went to my salon and had it all cut off.

      over 6 years ago
    • nannylanie's Avatar
      nannylanie

      Thanks makes me feel better to know this is "normal ".

      over 6 years ago
    • jvbaseballmom2's Avatar
      jvbaseballmom2

      Started losing my hair the day after my 2nd chemo treatment. After a day or two at seeing it blowing away in the wind, I decided to take control and had my husband shave it all off. Best of luck to you!

      over 6 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am (Best Answer!)

      Remember last Christmas I was totally bald after having my son-in-law shave my head.Hair had started falling out after first treatment, grew thinner after second treatment . Hardly anything left when I shaved it. Finished treatments in March and this Christmas have a head of curly thick hair, it does grow back. Wishing you better days ahead.

      over 6 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar
      Carol1286

      My hair was gone before the second A/C treatment. For me it was very traumatic. I had long hair to my waist. I had it cut short and donated it to Panteen. I cried. My hair is back now, about four to five inches long, curly and at the unmanageable stage. You'll have that to look forward to.

      over 6 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine started really coming out on day 14 after my first treatment. After a few days of losing so much hair, I grabbed a bowl and a razor and shaved the rest. One good thing is I didn't have to shave my legs for almost 4 months! But your hair will grow back. Mine came back darker and slightly curlier, but I'm just so happy not to be bald. I wore a lot of hats and scarves during the bald stage.

      over 6 years ago
    • GLW's Avatar
      GLW

      You will probably lose all of your body hair, eyebrow and eyelashes included. It all comes back, usually thicker and better. After my second chemo treatment I had my daughter buzz my hair off. It was very liberating!! No more wondering when it would all fall out. I got a wig and some wonderful head covers from CureDiva and TurbanPlus.. I now have over an inch of snow white hair that wants to curl.....Everyone loves it! They say it is very striking which makes me feel better. Just use more eye makeup and larger earrings!! I found that losing hair(the dreaded mustache and nose hair) caused excessive dryness. After several expensive moisturizers I found coconut oil worked for everything. It is cheap and can be found in the oil section of your store. Good luck.......

      over 6 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      I had TCH and was bald by the second treatment. It happened all of a sudden so prepare in advance, my oncologist warned me so I was prepared with a wig and hats.

      over 6 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      Mine really started to fall out around day 14 after my first A/C infusion. My daughter-in-law cut it off for me. We made it a little goofy party with the family, including a mohawk for a few minutes. It helped me replace the tears with laughter. A few days later I took my wigs to my hairdresser to have them trimmed to fit me better. I just got some inexpensive ones from the TLC catalog. I also lost all my body hair like GLW said. What I have learned since my hair has grown back is that I don't ever have "bad hair days" anymore since I experienced having no hair at all!! Best of luck to you as you complete your treatments.

      over 6 years ago
    • hollice's Avatar
      hollice

      I shaved my off on the 13th day ... it was falling off in clumps in the shower.
      Before I shaved it ... I had a Mohawk for 5 minutes ... always wondered how I would look like.

      over 6 years ago
    • Joanie's Avatar
      Joanie

      On Day 16, after my first chemo, all of mine had fallen out. Good luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Mine was coming out in clumps by the 13th day. I felt mentally it would be too difficult to continue to watch it fall out so I had my stylist buzz cut it! So happy I did. It gave me time to transition and learn to tie scarfs. I played with wigs and realized I really wasn't the wig type. Besides as treatment went on I developed sores on my head...wigs would have hurt. Best of everything...big hugs!

      over 6 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Mine came out fast, too.

      I got a buzz cut - hair salons do it for free - AFTER I ordered a wig from Amer. Cancer Soc.

      The wig was about $30 and I got lots of compliments - people didn't know it was a wig.

      over 6 years ago
    • GLW's Avatar
      GLW

      If you are going to a cancer center most of them have "wig rooms" filled with donated new wigs. I got mine (free) and came home and looked it up.....it sold for $280.....You might want to check where you are having chemo.

      over 6 years ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar
      Rustysmom

      My Onc warned me about the hair loss, and suggested that I get my long hair cut before it happened. So I went to my hairdresser a couple days before I started chemo and got a short haircut that I loved. I was disappointed because I knew it would only last a couple weeks, but found a wig in my (not so) natural color in that short style for when that day came. It started coming out around day 12, and really was falling by day 16. I have to laugh when I think of that day, because I was at a business meeting with a potential client we were trying to win, and I must have used half a can of hairspray to make sure a huge clump of hair didn't end up on the conference table during the meeting. I was so nervous! The next day I had my niece, who is a hairdresser give me a buzz cut. It was nice to be done with it. By the way, we did win the client's work and they never knew. It's all back now, thick and curly and I'm loving the ease of the short hair.
      You may lose all your body hair, as I did. You never appreciate nose hair until it's gone. I went thru boxes of kleenex! I found coconut oil worked great as well.

      over 6 years ago
    • LindaAnnie's Avatar
      LindaAnnie

      Normal?? Is anything normal with cancer? -- but it's common. Before chemo I was upset about it as I had had long hair all my life. But I still decided against shaving it. My hair started falling out 13 days after my first TC treatment and was all gone within 3-4 more days. Eyebrows, nose hair, and body hair went, too, By the 4th treatment my fingernails were starting to peel off. Surprisingly I wasn't as tramatized as I though I'd be. I got a wig and some fun hats. It's now 7 months since last chemo-- I have hair! a pixie (that wants to stand on end) and long, very strong nails. Good luck to you.

      over 6 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      For me, I started shedding like a cat about 13 days after my first infusion and was down to baby fuzz roughly a week or 2 after that. I was determined not to become totally bald, so I did what I could to hold onto my baby fuzz. Thankfully, I nevr lost that baby fuzz, but my arm pits were completely bald; I didnt' have to shave my legs; and I did lose my eyebrows and eyelashes much later on. The eyebrows and eyelashes did grow back very quickly; however, my brows never were as thick as they were before. Now I have a head of short, curly hair I love. Before cancer, I had shoulder length hair and was determined to grow it back, but I am really getting to like my hair the way it is now. I know losing your hair is traumatizing, and we're all here for you, for we all remember how it was for us as we went through it or are going through it. HUGS and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar
      barbdee

      I had TCH treatment, so took the nurse navigator's advice & buzz cut before I started treatment. We had a party to do it! I never missed my long hair! I went with all sorts of ball hats, knitted caps & pretty scarves. My area was very generous with free wigs, but they hurt my sensitive head & were hot during the summer months. Being bald became comfortable & was a symbol of my fighting back. Strangers wished me luck all the time. Hair was no big deal, but the sore nail beds were way more difficult to manage. Healing wishes!

      over 6 years ago
    • Peggie's Avatar
      Peggie

      It was Day#14 for me on Taxotere Cytoxan... I am now 6 month post my last chemo round and my hair had grown back in, short turfs of around 3 cm. Think of this period as one where you can have fun with wigs and scarfs. Dont sweat the small stuff. You are fighting a bigger battle so arm yourself with positivity!

      over 6 years ago
    • nannylanie's Avatar
      nannylanie

      Thank you all for your comments it really helps to know that I am not alone. Going tomorrow shopping with my daughter and granddaughters for wigs hats and scarves.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Nannylannie - have fun shopping! I hope you find some fun headwear! I found scrafs more comfortable. I ended up getting sores on my head from the chemo. Have FUN!

      over 6 years ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      Mine was gone day 9. Now it is coming in very thick and brown. I was blonde. Also my eyebrows are starting to come back in and they are way too thick.

      over 6 years ago
    • nannylanie's Avatar
      nannylanie

      It is almost gone now , one of my daughters and two of my granddaughters went with me looking for wigs yesterday, got a hat and scarf will look some more next week. At work today, scarf on my head, everyone says it looks good. I think they are just being there normal sweet selves.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Nannylannie...good for you! There is a site on YouTube which instructs you on tying scarfs all different ways. I loved it and learned so many fashionable ways of wearing scarfs. Wishing you well and I bet you look great!

      over 6 years ago

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