Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
by chillywillie on Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:00 AM
by cheche on Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:00 AM
On 4/29/2008 chillywillie wrote:Will my hair return to how it was before chemo? It is a slightly different color now (2 months post) with a lot of white hairs and much thinner.
I can tell you that I have known four people including myself whose hair did return very similar to their hair pre treatment. However, in my case the hair that began growing was wiry, grey and patchy when it first came in. It did not grow uniformly on my head. The front was more wiry than other areas. I did go have it cut after 3 months of slow growth and that seemed to help start the process of new hair. It did take almost a year for my hair to look good again,. One other thing that happened is that I developed three centers where my hair grew in. three cowlicks at the back of my head! one area in the back came back curly,. the rest of my hair is straight but a little thicker, I did wear my wig until about 7 months post treatment. Then it was summer and I just wore my hair very short. I have always had short hair cuts so it wasn't a big deal for me. One other item of note. When I started treatment I made the decision to have my head shaved when the first clump of hair fell out. I just couldn't handle dealing with that every day. It may have helped or not, but it made me feel like I was in control. I think it took so long because I did have radiation after chemo. Here's a hug ( ) and a prayer that all goes well for you.
by justkay on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM
It is known that hair can grow back a different colour, especially grey or curly after chemo. I suppose it's as though you've had a chemical perm or colour!
Finished chemo in June 2006 hair started growing back about 3 monthsafter. As soon as I got stubble on my head...off came the wig!
I had thick, straight hair before chemo and when it grew back it was still thick but quite curly and only a slightly different shade of brown, a bit darker I think.
I hate curly hair but everyone else seems to think I look great with it. I get it cut about every 3 months and it gets straighter every time.
by robatyak on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM
by sheppey on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM
I can relate to the previous response. My hair grew back very harsh and wiry, I also have 4 cowlicks, I never had one before. My hair is now very strong and grows quite fast. It is now 9 months since chemo and I have a haircut every 6 weeks. I do like to keep it short however. I have a few pics of my hair on my livespace. http://www.sheppey2007.spaces.live.com
The problem I have is that the hair on my legs and armpits is incredibly strong and fast growing. I also suffer very badly with ingrown hairs, so bad that I have had to have antibiotics to try and heal them. They are mostly on my head and my arms.
anyway the good thing is we are here for our hair to be a problem to us.
by Redward on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi. I have lost my hair twice now. My original hair was wavy but no body and about 1/4 gray the rest dirty blond. The first time it came back it grew in pure grey and looked like I had an afro! The color changed after about three months back to my original color but the very curly hair stayed (loved it) until I lost it again, 10 years later. Now, my hair is growing back in a bit thinner but quite straight! Straighter than it has ever been. Came in pure gray again, but is changing back to the dirty blond. I like the new do!
by LingLing on Thu May 01, 2008 12:00 AM
by donnalynn on Tue May 06, 2008 12:00 AM
by barbp on Wed May 07, 2008 12:00 AM
by StillKickin on Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:00 AM
Hello - I went through chemo and finished with radiation this past May '08. My hair is still only about an inch long, even after using Nioxin all during my treatments and afterwards. Does anyone else have hair growing as slowly as mine?
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