Jun 20, 2010 - 1:36 am
Has anyone else here experienced "late" hair loss? I am roughly five weeks out from end of radiation, and six weeks out from my last cisplatin chemo. During treatment my hair thinned to roughly half of what I normally have, but as my hair is pretty thick, I still had scalp coverage. Hair got all dry and brittle, like it was dead, and I got the obligatory radiation stripes at the nape of my neck.
In recent days, I've shed all the hair off the back of my head up above the level of my eartops to the point of my skull. I could conceal most of that by combing my tophair down flat. However, in the last day or so, I've lost hair in front, to the extent that I look like those old paintings of the English Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, with the giant foreheads. I had a level hairline, and I've now lost so much at both temples that I have a distinct widow's peak. The effect is kind of punk.
I'm thinking it is all going to have to fall out before healthy regrowth can happen. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it time for me to go in and get a G.I Jane buzz cut? May I expect regrowth to occur, and if so, when? Ideas, anyone?
Hair-free Deb (with hair all over my keyboard... sink... pillow...)