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Joined: Jul 2001

Anybody out there NEVER have their hair grow back after chemotherapy treatment? My scalp hair thinned quite a bit on the 4 treatments of Taxotere I had (maybe about a 40% loss), but then it started coming out in clumps about 5 weeks after my last treatment. At about the two month mark, all that had started growing was a small patch at my left temple and a few around my face. Next week, it will be four months & still no hair. What gives? Is this permanent?

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Joined: Feb 2001

I sure hope it is not permanent. Do you not have any fuzz or what I called cradle hair--like a new born baby's head (the one's born looking bald). It has been 7 months for me and my bangs are still only about an inch long; but I went bald after the first infusion. At the 4 month mark I did not have enough hair yet to go without my headgear. Hopefully your hair is coming back very, very slowly.
Keep the faith, all will work out eventually.

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Joined: Jul 2001

The Taxotere treatments left me with about 30% of my original hair after all was said and done. This original hair kept growing the whole time I was on treatments. I have only had "peach fuzz" grow back in a small spot at my left temple (about a 1" diameter area)and a few around my facial hairline. The rest of my scalp shows no signs of any kind of new growth whatsoever. My oncologist doesn't know what's going on either. I have been told that about the time that most of the rest of my hair fell out (5-6 weeks off the drug)that this is when you should expect the peach fuzz to start growing....at 5-6 weeks. I'm beginning to think this might be permanent. I am still losing about 100 hairs a day (which I hear is normal hair loss) except that there's nothing growing to replace it! Thanks for your reply.

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