• Now this is really weird hair loss

    Asked by nancyjac on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Now this is really weird hair loss

    Shortly after I started chemo at the end of last year, I lost all my hair everywhere except my eyebrows and eyelashes. My last chemo treatment was in late March and now all the head, body, and facial hair I had lost is growing back. But now suddenly I am losing my eyebrows and eyelashes! Anybody else have this happen?

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    • AbbysMom's Avatar

      Nancy, I did the same thing! About a month after chemo ended and I was undergoing radiation, my eyelashes and eyebrows totally fell out - maybe worse than the first go round. I can say they came in beautifully and fuller than I had seen them in months. I was shocked and dismayed when this happened. I talked to the radiation oncol. about it and she said she had seen this happen upon occasion. I guess we're those occasional occasions. I hope yours grow in soon. Best wishes!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      It is all so weird. I am actually on my 4th chemo in my life...One I lost some hair but I had a huge head of hair so no one noticed but me.

      Next time, lost 90% hair but kept brows, lashes.
      3rd time lost it all but all came in twice as thick. I did keep some fringe of hair around face which worked for my turbans. fooled myself into thinking, oh, look there is hair under there. lol
      This time lost hair right away and I mean all...but lashes didn't go until 4th round...still have a few and some eyebrows..only 2 more treatments. Have wonderful leg hair though, maybe I'll transplant it to my head. haha....didn't notice it until out in the sun one day, lighter than usual.

      almost 9 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Nancyjac:
      That is exactly what happened to me. I felt proud that even though I lost all my hair, I still had brows and lashes and so didn't have that cancer-stricken face. And then, just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water, they all fell out. Being Italian, I always had thick "uni-brow" (thick black brows that could grow into one if I let them) and I used to have to pluck like mad to keep them under control. So then the brows started to thin, I wasn't too upset, but after a while, I could pluck them out with my fingers. And I could count on two hands how many eyelashes I had left. They did start to grow back within a few weeks, and my lashes are thicker than before.
      Hang in there! It does get better.
      Fight on! Attypatty

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I did start radiation just a few days before the brows and lashes started to fall out, but since the area of radiation is my chest, I didn't expect it to cause hair loss on my head! Really odd. I only see the radiation oncologist on Tuesdays so will ask her about it then.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      femara and other of our after chemo drugs will do it to us

      almost 9 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      Nancy, I had a similar experience. I lost all my hair except my eye lashes and eye brows which held on until the very end. Then long after chemo was over and my hair was growing back all over, I lost my eye lashes at least 3 times in the following 6 months. But each time they grew back nicely, and then I'd look in the mirror and half of them would be gone again. A little disconcerting but now a year later, I think things have stabilized. There are so many things our doctors don't tell us and that aren't in the books....all the best in regaining your health and hair!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Statto's Avatar

      Thank you all for sharing! I have done 6 rounds of chemo and just started losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. I was wondering when and how they might come back since I only have 2 rounds left.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      They probably won't grow back until a month after chemo, but the good thing is they are so short, it will seem like they grow back over night! You might use eye liner to give your eyes a little pop while you are missing the eyelashes - I really appreciated my eyelashes when they came back in - amazing how much we take these little things for granted and how much we appreciate them when we know we can lose them.

      almost 9 years ago

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