• My hair began growing about 3 months after chemotherapy. It's been 6 months now and after 2" growth, it stopped growing.

    Asked by papayagirl on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    My hair began growing about 3 months after chemotherapy. It's been 6 months now and after 2" growth, it stopped growing.

    I am worried that it won't come back any more than it is. It is short and very thin. Has anyone else had this experience and did it eventually come back? I was on Taxotere.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      Papayagirl, this is not unusual and remember that with chemo, you do not stunt the growth of hair cells, you destroy them. When hair returns the hair grows from baby or blast hair cells and are new at this. It didn't take 6 weeks for your hair to grow within the womb and so it might tske a bit longer for these newly formed cells to get in sync. Use baby shampoos so that you are not stunting their growth with chemicals. I hope this makes sense to you and Happy New Year and best of luck, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      On average, hair grows about a 1/2 inch per month. So if yours grew 2" in 3 months it is actually above average. I've always found that my hair doesn't seem to grow as fast in winter.

      over 5 years ago
    • sandyw's Avatar

      You can where wigs & very stylish tied and pre-tied scarves. Also there are all kinds of great hats.Also I have a cataloge called TLC from the american cancer society that has many product for women undergoing chemo. They even have hair pieces that you can put under hats or bangs. The number to the catatalog[phone number redacted] or www.tlcdirect.org. Hope this helps. Also in orthodox Jewish communities,Where women cover their hair all the time, there are stores that have different kids of head coverings that are very attractive. hope this was helpful. Sandy

      over 5 years ago
    • sandyw's Avatar

      for some reason the phone number to the TLC catalog did not show up. I will try again.[phone number redacted]. Sandy W.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Sandy the phone numbers are not allowed to show up to protect your privacy, some people will post their home phone, name, address, etc without thinking that this is a public site. So to help protect everyone from this, phone numbers and email addresses are removed to keep those automatic web bots from harvesting your information. you can place * in the number or (xxxx) and it will show.
      Try it again like that. Thanks for your help in this question.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I'd recommend monoxidil (rogaine), it worked for me. It also worked for 22 BC patients in a small study by MD Anderson:
      Here's a link to the MD Anderson study:
      Hair loss is a side effect of many chemotherapeutic agents, and patients have even refused possibly palliative or lifesaving drugs because they could not accept temporary or prolonged baldness. Topical minoxidil has been shown to be effective for androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
      Our purpose was to investigate the value and safety of minoxidil in chemotherapy-induced hair loss.
      Twenty-two women who were facing adjuvant chemotherapy after breast surgery were registered in a protocol that used a 2% minoxidil topical solution or a placebo in a randomized double-blind trial.
      There was a statistically significant difference (favoring minoxidil) in the interval from maximal hair loss to first regrowth. Thus the period of baldness was shortened (mean, 50.2 days) in the minoxidil group.
      Minoxidil decreased the duration of alopecia caused by chemotherapy. There were no significant side effects.

      J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996 Jul;35(1):74-8.
      A randomized trial of minoxidil in chemotherapy-induced alopecia.
      Duvic M, Lemak NA, Valero V, Hymes SR, Farmer KL, Hortobagyi GN, Trancik RJ, Bandstra BA, Compton LD.
      Department of Medical Specialties, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 77030, USA.

      I used the 5%, but got some facial hair:)

      over 5 years ago
    • TinaY's Avatar

      I also have experienced the same and searching for help. I have been done with treatment for 2 years. I lost every bit of hair on my body. My hair has come back very fine and thin. I have sections in the front near my bang area that will not grow except for some tiny hairs. I asked my oncologist what I could do but they were no help.
      I am looking for anyone who has advice on any kind of product that seemed to help.

      almost 3 years ago

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