Grow Hair Back after Chemo
is a common treatment for cancer and can be very effective depending on the type of cancer, its stage of
development and factors related to the patient. The treatment
involves the administration of powerful anti-cancer drugs into the body. These drugs have the unique ability to find cancer cells and kill
them. It does so by detecting cells which exhibit rapid
growth. This is normally a distinguishing factor for cancer cells
as opposed to normal and healthy cells. However there are some
cells like hair cells which also show rapid growth. So the drugs
can attack and affect these cells as well. This is why a common
side effect of chemotherapy is a loss of hair. But this need not
permanent and further discussion and details will be covered concerning how to grow hair back after
Hair loss is
a common chemotherapy side effects. Many patients especially women fear the loss of their hair as a
result of their chemotherapy treatment. They may be concerned that
their hair will not grow back. However in almost every case, a
person’s hair does grow back a few months following therapy.
The degree of
hair loss as a result of chemotherapy can have a lot to do with the specific types of drugs used during
treatment and the dosages given. Some drugs like Cytoxan, Taxol,
and Adriamycin tend to cause excessive hair loss and may also affect eyebrow, eyelashes or hair on other parts
of the body.
begins to fall out within 10 to 15 days after the start of chemotherapy treatment. In general the loss will be
rapid and you may lose 50% of your hair within a week after it begins. This normally continues throughout the duration of the treatment and then
about a month following the conclusion of the treatment or until the anti-cancer drugs work through your
growth would then normally occur within 2 weeks following this. It may take several months for the hair to grow
completely back in and there may be some changes in the color and texture of the hair. This is generally a temporary situation and you can expect for your normal
color and textured hair to eventually appear.
To help to
accelerate the regrowth of your hair, proper planning and preparation is key. Take steps to strengthen your hair so that it can better withstand the
powerful chemical treatments. Avoid chemical treatments like
permanent waves or coloring since they can damage hair which is not at all desirable before
treatment. And consider getting your hair cut shorter so others can
get used to seeing you in a more closely cropped style.
This can make
the transition back to new hair following treatment easier and faster. And it can help to hide the fact that your hair will initially be thinner than
normal until the regrowth is complete. Another option to consider
is to wear a wig until your new hair grows in sufficiently. This
can give a person more confidence and make the transition to the regrown hair easier.