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    When does hair start to come back after last chemo tx.?

    Asked by NJT on Sunday, December 30, 2012

    When does hair start to come back after last chemo tx.?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar

      about a month after my last chemo, there was "peach fuzz" on top of my head!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Mine actually started to grow back between every treatment (3 weeks apart). After my last treatment it started growing back right away but very slowly. It was about 3 months before I was completely comfortable going without a wrap or wig. Now, 9 months since my last chemo it is an inch or two shy of what it was before chemo.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Peach fuzz shortly after the hair fell out, real hair took 3 - 4 months after chemo. It was very curly.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      My hair started growing back right away after last chemo (August). By January I actually had a curly cap of hair.

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      Mine started growing back right away but a lot slower than it used to grow. After 3 months its only about 2 inches. Not enough for me to go without a wrap or wig. My hair used to grow faster than normal and was very long and thick.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Last Chemo was April 12 -- I went on a trip at the end of August where I did not wear my wig or cap but It was really really short. I am now at a nice length - full and wavy in back - and finally getting some short bangs which I need because I have a high forehead. It seems so slow coming but so wonderful to have it back!!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      This is an encouraging question. I'm just losing my hair and it is good to see that it will return, after this chemo stuff is over.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I skipped the fuzz and grew full on hair 1.5 months after my last chemo. According to my onc nurse (I was still getting Herceptin) I should have seen fuzz earlier, but her mantra was "everybody is different". After going on the Internet, all freaked out about my lack of fuzz, I read about a small MD Anderson study in which breast cancer patients that got Rogaine showed hair growth earlier than the group that did not get it. I bought generic Rogaine ($7 for one month supply) and 2 weeks after I had hair!

      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:)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Oh so my bottom line....use rogaine get hair earlier (and I think stronger)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      Last chemo October 31st - noticed peach fuzz 2 weeks ago! I was so happy! I did get Nioxin and have used it only twice thinking about getting biotin supplements its good for hair and nails and my nails are coming off from chemo.

      almost 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      Three months post chemo, my hair has filled out from fuzz to sparse to now a pretty full set of hairs, but only 1/2 inch long at this point. I'm going hatless pretty often now (except that my head gets cold, even indoors, a lot.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      six weeks after chemo I had stubble and a few white wiry hairs. 3 months after chemo I had some hair all over my head. Looks like a guy's GI haircut. NO bangs! I use Nioxin products. My hair used to grow very fast. Not now, It's uneven and about 1/2 inch in the longest places. It is very straight, no curls. Cowlicks in a couple of places. I've read that you should get it cut, but I'm so happy to have hair back. I don't want to part with any of it! I've gone wihout a hat since Thanksgiving, except when it's cold. My last chemo was August 16. I was completely bald the whole time during chemo!

      almost 4 years ago
    • vlpLincoln's Avatar

      Mine is now a bit longer than the peach fuzz. My last chemo was November 13, 2012. I am very much looking forward to a more Happy 2013!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I first noticed the peach fuzz at one month after chemo. It filled in fairly evenly, and by 4 months it was at 1/2". My hair grew steadily, in the same texture as pre-chemo (curly & very thick), except it was salt & pepper in color & my pre-chemo hair was mostly dark brown (and mid-back in length). At 7 months, I used a color rinse (non-permanent color) and went out without a wig or scarf. It is now 8 months out, and I have 3 1/2" to 4" all over except my bangs, they were last to come in during the early stages and have a little catching up to do. My hair is long enough & curly enough to wear a headband which makes me feel "styled" without having scissors cut any bit of it. My hair is precious to me and I don't want to let go of any of it, even for trimming at this stage. I think the curl & thickness helps, because it looks pretty even. Hope this helps.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      It has been since August for me and I have about 2ins all over. Sometimes at around 10pm at night, I feel it has grown that day! Very odd. I don't like my short hairdo, but others tell me it makes me look younger and refreshed, like an expensive haircut. So, I'll take it. Not sure why, but the front takes so long to grow, that I miss a bang or something on my forehead. It sort of looks helmet heady to me, but it is growing! I do think it grows about 1/2 in per month which is normal hair growth. It will happen, don't fret.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I had A/C chemo treatments first and lost all my hair. After that, while on weekly Taxol/Herceptin, I started to get weird colorless fuzz all over. Finished T/H about a month ago. Since then a lot of very dark, splotchy hair has come in. Still pretty bald near front hairline and back hairline. I think I looked better bald than with this splotchy mess!

      almost 4 years ago

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