Someone I know had a hair transplant about 6 months ago. Now he has to get Chemotherapy for Cancer. Will the plugs survive?
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Transplanted hairs act like normal hair. If someone has hair loss from chemotherapy, the transplanted hairs will also go.
Chemotherapy induce alopecia
This is a topic that is not very well understood. Traditional teaching says yes. However, several recent publications have shown that this is not always the case. It is best to discuss this with the hair transplant doctor and the doctor overseeing the chemotherapy. you can also read more on the federal research website called pubmed
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Hair transplant and Chemotherapy
Most of the grafts should survive. However, there has been no long term studies in this area. Theoretically, the hairs have restarted their new program a few weeks after the transplant and have a similar chance to survive as any of the other hairs.
It is important to note that not all individuals who receive chemotherapy experience full regrowth after their chemotherapy. A small proportion of patients receiving drugs such as taxanes, cis-platin, cyclophosphamide (as well as other drugs too) may not grow back their hair as thick as before their chemotherapy. This is called permanent chemotherapy induced hair loss. Although rare, we are seeing it more and more lately.
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