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oliveoyl
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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?

bdean
Posts: 262
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.
Brenda

oliveoyl
Posts: 16
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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