Hair growth after chemo
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rosy1993 posted:
It's been over two years since I finished chemo. When my hair grew back very thin and sparse, and my eyebrows did not grow back at all, I assumed it was from the chemo. I found out earlier this year that I have a rare form of alopecia which they think is an auto immune response, but isn't very well understood. I'm using a topical steroid and it hasn't gotten worse nor has it improved. So don't just assume the hair loss is from the chemo, although I'm sure having chemo doesn't help. I talked to a nurse who runs a cancer survivors women's support group, and she gave me the hair specialist's name. Support groups are often affiliated with the hospital or the clinic where you received your chemo. It is worth talking to them. In the meantime, I still wear a wig, and I'm having my eyebrows tattooed on next month. I have also found that since my oncologist is a man, it helps to talk with women about appearance concerns. Yes, it's wonderful to be alive, but losing your hair can be almost as emotionally painful as losing your breast.
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GGrandmaJan responded:
Oh---- I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I did not know alopecia was caused from auto-immune system break-down. Yes, unfortunately chemo does a real number on our bodies. I fnished chemo Nov 2011. This time around my hair was very slow coming back in. Even now it is only about 2 inches.

I do not care about my hair tho, as I found some beautiful wigs and feel so liberated to not have to worry about a bad hair day. My hair was getting so thin on top anyway. Everytime I would get another perm my hair-dresser would say No it is fine. But I knew it wasn't. I can be who-ever I want, a blonde, red-head or brunette. I have my hair trimmed short so it doesn't show under the wigs. I have still having fun with it. But that is just me.

I do know how desvastated I was to lose it the first time. I do wish they could develop a chemo that would not take our hair. To a woman it is our crowning glory.

Hang in there. Thank goodness, they have tatoos for the eyebrows. Many thanks for letting us know. All info is very important. You are also right about men Dr's. Altho, mine asked if my hair was coming back in. I siad, "yes, but the most awful color grey in the world." He smiled and said "get a bottle." I forgot to ask him if I should drink it or put it on my hair.

Hugs.
Jan
He who laughs at himself--never runs out of things to laugh at!