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    sjej1 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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      Shansie

      I had 12 rounds of oxaliplaton, 5 F-U and leucovorin, the 12 rounds of irinotecan and avastin, lost body hair, eye lashes and eyebrows and about 75% of hair so quite thin but still looked OK. I heard it was unusual to loose all your hair but that that did happen to some. My numbness due to oxy went away after I finished that treatment and onset of menopause reversed after I finished the 2nd treatment. Hair grew back fine but just started irinotecan and avastin again, so waiting for it all to happen again! All the very best to you.

      over 2 years ago
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      IKickedIt

      Hair loss is different for everyone. My hair thinned tremendously about halfway through, and then tapered off. I think my husband later told me that he noticed empty patches later in my treatments (what a sweet guy...didn't mention it to me until after I was all done. I couldn't see it anyway). I just kept wearing neat hats and counting down the days until I crossed that finish line. Hair grew back differently, but I remember it came back pretty quickly.

      Oxaliplatin is the gift that keeps on giving. The numbness may get worse before it gets better, then should improve. As we all know, everyone responds differently. For some people, the neuropathy completely resolves (although it takes time, like months or more than a year), while for others, it never completely resolves. Give it time, but continue to discuss with your doctor.

      I was also taken off the oxaliplatin after 8 or 9 rounds and sailed to the finish line. More tolerable without the oxaliplatin. What a harsh drug.

      over 2 years ago
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      alivenwell

      I lost some but not all of my hair. My nails became very brittle. Nasty stuff, indeed. I hope it also destroyed those stem cells that spread cancer. It got everything else.
      My hair grew back and I took B6 to regain feeling again. Green leafy vegetables (probably magnesium?) like spinach also help heal damaged nerves. I ate salads a lot both during and after chemo.

      over 2 years ago
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      Hi, if you would like to email me - [email redacted] I can tell you a little about my (good) experience at Duke, who I saw, etc. Duke is excellent, so is Wake Forest in Winston-Salem but of course Duke is much closer to you.

      over 2 years ago
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      Chrismorr - email was redacted but I would love to hear about your experience - it will readact my email too - I am on facebook Sally Jean Jones? You can private message me and we can exchange emails? I am willing to post mine here - [email redacted] - just in case - Thank you so much!

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