I had my thyroid removed in 2011, take proper thyroid hormone dosage. I am currently having chemo doxil/carboplatin diagnosed w/ uterinecarcinosarcoma 6/12. Have hair thinning at top of head, in bangs. What do you recommend to help regrow hair?
How to Restore Hair Loss from Chemotherapy?
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Hair loss from Chemotherapy
Having transplant with hair loss related to chemotherapy I always wait a minimum of one year after chemotherapy is finished before evaluating patient. If hair loss is localized and there is good donor hair then the patient is a good candidate. However, if hair loss is everywhere then there may not be adequate donor hair. And again, you must wait one year after chemotherapy.
Hair Loss following Chemotherapy
Most chemotherapy has its greatest impact on the fastest growing cells in the body. As a cancer tends to be a group of cells with unregulated or poorly regulated growth, the chemotherapy has its primary effect on these cells. But since cells of the skin, hair and gut also turn over at a higher rate, some of the side effects of chemotherapy impact these systems as well.
Hair loss associated with chemotherapy is usually something that is self limited. It should improve after the chemotherapy is finished. This is different from hair loss associated with radiation treatment from cancer, which can be permanent. Some people might try Rogaine to recover from the hair loss quicker, but I'm not sure this provides a significant improvement. You should talk to your oncologist and a local dermatologist about options that you might have for your hair loss. Good luck.
Web reference: http://www.dermatology-center.com
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