Apr 14, 2011 - 9:33 pm
Today I bit the bullet and called my oncology nurse about my concerns regarding my hair regrowth (or lack thereof). It's been 7 mos since my last chemo. I do have hair and the follicles that are there are growing, but I have this male pattern baldness pattern and a very visible scalp, especially in the back. The hair itself is also very fine. Regrowth on the rest of my body is also sparse. I called simply to see if there is anything I can do to either stimulate the growth (vitamins, Rogaine, Nioxin, etc.) or whether I just be patient.
The call back was that she talked to the doctor about this and she said this isn't normal and I need to see my primary care physician to check my thyroid and potentially refer me to a dermatologist - that it has to be because of something else is going on, not the chemo. What?
Doggone it! I thought I've read here that others have also had slow and sparse regrowth for a while. I love my pcp and contacting her, but decided that I should call oncology because of the chemo. Chemo, afterall, made my hair fall out in the first place! I can't be the first woman with this problem! I'm really upset. This isn't the response I wanted. I wanted to be told yes, sometimes this happens and what helps is X or patience.
Comments? I'm now going to try to make an appointment with my pcp - who doesn't prescribe chemo and probably doesn't know whether this is normal or not!