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LaCh
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Joined: Dec 2012

Ok, so I'm 9 full weeks out from my last chemo treatment and my hair is STILL coming out in clumps in the shower. I'm not bald, just very very thin and thinning.  Has anyone else experienced this, this far out from chemo?  The chemo nurse said she doesn't think it's chemo related but I wanted to poll the people who've received the treatment to get a broader picture.

Phoebesnow
Posts: 447
Joined: Apr 2011

I was experiencing some hair loss b4 tx.  A few strands a day, that is what prompted me to go to doc.  Escalated during tx, never clumps, just strands everywhere.  Like a dog shedding.  It tapered off after tx, but continued to lose.  Many test later find out vitb12deficient and low in vit d3.

 

Even after all that hair continued to fall out for 1 1/2years until I stopped using Pantene moisture balance shampoo.

 

I am growing hair now not losing it .

 

You can tell a lot about your health fromyour  nails.  If you have ridges, bumps, or any irregularities you can put into Internet and it will give you a diagnosis.

 

Im glad your feeling better.  

 

This word processing system is terrible.  It makes things up and puts words together that should never be together.  My hands hurt too much to edit.

LaCh
Posts: 512
Joined: Dec 2012

I don't do anything with my hair. I shower, don't shampoo too often and use a plant-based conditioner from time to time.  I have short hair (inch or two), dry as wheat and as brittle as a brillo pad.  Maybe it's not such a bad thing that it's jumping ship. Maybe bald is the way to go. Who knows. 

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mp327
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Joined: Jan 2010

My hair continued to fall out for at least 2 months after treatment, maybe even 3, before I began seeing any new growth.

LaCh
Posts: 512
Joined: Dec 2012

well, I hope mine stops soon. I'm 9 weeks out (from chemo) and I'm shedding more hair than my dog.

Marynb
Posts: 1134
Joined: Aug 2012

Hi. I never lost hair, but it did change texture. It got thicker and wavy. Strange. I wonder what that means? It has gone back to straight now.

LaCh
Posts: 512
Joined: Dec 2012

I've read that the hair changes that result from chemotherapy are because the hair follicles are damaged along with all the other skin cells and that this damage to the follicle, which is temporary, produces curly or wavy hair. As the folicles recover (heal) from the chemo, they regain their original qualities, which is what determines hair texture (straight, curly, etc). That's what I've read. I've also read that "nobody knows why chemo makes hair grow back temporarily curly." That said, the damaged hair follicle theory works for me. 

LisaMMiles
Posts: 38
Joined: Mar 2013

I had 5FU chemo and did not loose any hair. I damaged it a little, made it dry and not shiny. But no loss. What kind of chemo did you have?

LaCh
Posts: 512
Joined: Dec 2012

I had mitomycin and 5FU.

M1234
Posts: 17
Joined: Oct 2012

My hair continues to fall out more than it would normally. I finished up treatment the 2nd week of December 2012. My understanding is that many had their hair grow back after time and some even ended up with curlier hair than before.  I sure hope that will be the case for me :).  I stopped coloring my hair prior to treatment and cut it short.  I plan to continue to wear my hair short until I stop shedding.

 

LaCh
Posts: 512
Joined: Dec 2012

Well, after polling this site, asking someone at the American Cancer Society and speaking to my chemo nurse, it seems that there's no consensus or definitive answer about why my hair's still falling out. 

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