Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness.
For many patients undergoing treatment, it’s difficult to shake this cultural and personal attachment to our hair, so experiencing hair loss may be difficult. “Hair loss can be a very emotional experience for patients going through chemotherapy or radiation,” says Rhonda Colley, MS, LPC, LMFT, mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Whether you are having trouble coming to terms of your hair loss or your just searching for a wig, we have put together a bunch of websites below to give you the answers you seek.
My brother and I both lost our hair completely, however, I was the one that found my hair loss the hardest. This process has been found to have an adverse effect on women for obvious reasons but you not alone!
Fortunately, hair loss from cancer treatment is usually temporary. Hair loss may start within two to four weeks of beginning treatment; regrowth may start about three to six months after treatment ends. At times, the first hair growth you experience may be a different color or texture, with eventual return to your normal.
If you are a survivor dealing with hair loss, ask about local resources that provide hats, scarves and wigs to cancer patients. The American Cancer Society partners with the Personal Care Products Council and the Professional Beauty Association to offer “Look Good…Feel Better” programs for women, men and teens. For more information, call 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) or visit their website http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org. This free program helps cancer survivors discover ways to deal with skin changes using cosmetic and skin care products, as well as hair loss by learning about scarves, wigs and other accessories.
It is also a good idea to join a local or online support group! Or check out some of the websites we listed under “beauty” that are aimed specifically for cancer patients to keep you feeling radiant during your treatment!