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Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we hope to shed more light on how one can cope with hair loss during cancer treatments.
For patients who go through chemotherapy as part of breast cancer treatment, chances are fairly high that most, if not all, of their hair will fall out. Hair loss can be one of the most distressing side effects of cancer treatments to handle.
Various cancer medications have this side effect when used alone. Hair loss does not occur with all chemotherapy. Whether or not your hair remains as it is, thins or falls out, depends on the drugs and dosages. Another factor that influence hair loss is the physiology of the person undergoing treatment.
Why does hair loss occur? Hair loss occurs because many cancer treatments affect cancer cells and normal cells. This includes the cells that make hair grow. When these cells are destroyed, hair falls out at the root. The silver lining is that if your hair falls out, at least you know the chemotherapy you’re receiving is busy fighting on your behalf.
Hair may start falling out between seven to 21 days after you start treatment. And while it doesn’t all fall out at once, it does fall out rapidly. Many patients recount waking up in the morning to find large amounts of hair on their pillow. Others talk about how upsetting it is to brush or wash their hair and have patches of hair fall out.
Even patients who have anticipated losing the hair on their head are stunned when they lose hair from other areas of the body. It is common for hair loss to include hair that grows anywhere including eyelashes, eyebrows, and even pubic hair.
While disconcerting, one can take solace in the fact that although it may take 6 months or more, the hair lost during chemotherapy will grow back. However, be prepared for your “new” hair to possibly have a slightly different color, texture, or curl.
Your hair loss generally can’t be prevented or controlled, but it can be managed. Consider the following steps throughout y treatment to lessen the frustration and anxiety associated with it.
If you wish to speak to a Hair Expert regarding cancer-related hair loss, you can contact at +971 4 335 3336 for more information on hair loss consultation.