• loseing eyebrows and eyelashes can radiation cause this,last chemo was sept11th..if so when will thay grow back....3 more rads left..

    Asked by mtolady on Thursday, November 8, 2012

    loseing eyebrows and eyelashes can radiation cause this,last chemo was sept11th..if so when will thay grow back....3 more rads left..

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Radiation does kill hair but only where the radiation is targeted. For instance, with cancer of the left breast, radiation targets that breast as well as the lymph nodes in the area of the left armpit, so you would have permanent hair loss in that arm pit. It would not cause loss of eybrows or eyelashes, but that could still be late effect of your chemo. In that case, they should grow back, but it may take a while.

      almost 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      my eyelashes and eyebrows fell out during the AC portion of my chemo, and they started growing back about a month after the last treatment. my head hair seemed a bit slower to start growing back in....

      my eyelashes grew back curly, and that was ... well... annoying because they curled under and kept rubbing against my eyeballs. that lasted a couple of weeks, and i thought i was going to rub my eyes right out my head!

      i bet that this is not becuase of rads but rather a later side effect from chemo, as nj suggests.

      good luck - i hope they grow back quickly!

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      my eyelashes and eyebrows didn't start falling out till a couple weeks after I was done with chemo!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had just finished chemo when my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out. However, they started growing back quickly. My hair is coming along --- the back faster than the top. I really thought I would have more hair by now.

      almost 8 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      The same thing happened to me. I do not believe that it is a delayed reaction to chemo. In ordinary life, every so often an eyelash will fall out. But, when your eyelashes all grow in at the same time Their life expectancy is the same. Mine grew in again quickly.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      My eyelashes and eyebrows and all other body hair fell out. The eyelashes fell out and grew back several times. They didn't take long to grow back. My eyebrows are sparse but I think that's normal for an older person. I use a soft brush and subtle XXX shadow to emphasize my brows.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Chemo caused my eyebrows to thin and I lost all my eyelashes. My plastic surgeon suggested Latisse for the eye lashes which I used for about six weeks but stopped when they started coming in. It is six months since my last chemo, and I still use an eyebrow pencil as the brows are lighter than my pre-chemo days. Lower lashes are also pretty skimpy but the upper ones are back to normal.

      almost 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      I'm not sure but I would say the eyebrow and eyelash loss is from your chemo regiment. You might want to talk to the nurses or your oncology doctor to find out if they agree its from the chemo. Mine fell out during treatment. I do know that chemo drugs and strengths of chemo drugs as well as different frequencies of treatment will have varying effects on everyone. My upper lashes grew back first, lower lashes and eyebrows just filling in well within the last 6 months (1-1/2 years later). I no longer use an eyebrow pencil, but I also have the hair salon color my eyebrows to match my hair and it looks fuller and better that way. My natural eyebrows are very light in color. I hope this period of time goes fast for you!

      almost 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Sounds like your eyebrow and eyelash loss is due to the chemo. I started getting normal hair grother right around a month and half after completing chemo. It should be close to growing back in and staying in. Good luck with your radiation!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar

      Hi Mtolady. I had radiation last year and my last chemo treatment was August 17th. My eyebrows and eyelashes are just now starting to grow back. I wear glasses and my wig covers my eyebrows. Have you considered penciling your eyebrows and wearing false eyelashes. I wore false eyelashes before I lost them. Give it a try. I know you'll look beautiful like all of God's children.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      My lashes didn't even start falling out until two months post chemo...about the time the hair on my head was growing in. The good news about lashes is that they grow in three layers, so about the time one layer starts growing back, it's time for another to fall. There are fewer lower ones, so they get sparser, but eyeliner cleared up that for me. I was never "bald"on top. Two years later, they're still a little wonky...I always have at least one sticking out in a weird direction, but they're plenty thick and long. I wish they'd come back double thick like the hair on my arms did!! Small price to pay for more year's with my family.

      almost 8 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      Thank you all so much for the comments..I guess it is from chemo...Hope they grow back quickly...

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I didn't have radiation but my eyelashes and eyebrows thinned during chemo. I have been using Latisse and it has really worked, as my eyelashes are coming in long and thick.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yep this can happen. the regrowth rate depends on the individual. I sopped taking paclitaxel in July when they changed my cocktail. My hair started growing back in Mid October. I was particularly grateful that the hair in my nose came in - man you don't realize how important those little silica are until you've lost them - my allergies were the worst and my nose sooo dry.

      almost 8 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Your eyelashes and brows probably went from the chemo. Did you have Taxol at the end? That did it to me. Radiation will only affect the area targeted underarm etc. They should grow back rather quickly. I did find a good product from Mary Kay that nourishes them and accelerates the growth. Also, there is a product from Dalton Cosmetics that actually has fibers in it and when you put it on, it looks so much like eyebrows it is unreal. Highly recommend it. Try their website, not sure if they sell it themselves but you can read about it and get it some where else.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Lmorit's Avatar

      My eyelashes and eyebrows fell out at the end of my chemo treatment. They grey back thick and I was super happy. That was in December and I just finished radiation this past month and after 40 treatments they are both falling back out. I was told they wouldn’t anyone know why?

      over 2 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more breast cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Breast Cancer page.