Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

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RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by paularae on Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:54 PM

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I had radiation to the back on my neck and I lost the hair that grew low on my neck.  It was a colic that kept me from getting my hair cut short.  So now that it is gone, i can cut my hair short or put my hair up.  I have had some fine hair grow back, but at least it is even in the back now.  Some good out of this terrible cancer. My hair came back darker.  Wish it would of had curls, but still poker straight.

Paula

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by NogivingupDon on Thu Oct 17, 2013 01:57 AM

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On Oct 16, 2013 9:41 PM downinthewoods wrote:

Months down the road after having his head shaved because all the hair was falling out, my sweet husband still has a landing strip right down the middle of his head. The rest has grown back but that strip down the middle bothers him. He had a head full of hair before the full brain radiation. Oh and it's not the same color as before either.

Wow - that would be kind of discouraging.  Thanks for the input.

Don

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by NogivingupDon on Thu Oct 17, 2013 02:03 AM

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On Oct 16, 2013 11:54 PM paularae wrote:

I had radiation to the back on my neck and I lost the hair that grew low on my neck.  It was a colic that kept me from getting my hair cut short.  So now that it is gone, i can cut my hair short or put my hair up.  I have had some fine hair grow back, but at least it is even in the back now.  Some good out of this terrible cancer. My hair came back darker.  Wish it would of had curls, but still poker straight.

Paula

I like your positive attitude, Paula.  I'm always trying to look for something positive coming out of this, and everything so far has been spiritual as I do feel closer to God than I did before.  As for this, I guess I'll just be patient since there has been so many different outcomes. 

Don

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by Georgenone on Thu Oct 17, 2013 02:44 AM

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Looks like radiation tends to effect everyone a little differently. I've had radiation on the neck twice. Had Standard Beam radiation in 98 that removed every hair from my neck permanently. After 7 weeks my neck looked like third degree burns but it followed the inside of the jaw bone perfectly. In 08 I had IMRT that produced a strange hair removal. The entire mouth area and neck was radiated. The beard did not loose any hair. Where part of the beam exited the back of my head I lost a strip of hair 3/4" wide from the base of the skull down the spine. I do think every hair grew back. Overall, hair regrowth after IMRT seems to be fairly good from what I'm reading.

George

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by marks_wife on Thu Oct 17, 2013 05:12 AM

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My husband had, I think, 35 or so radiation treatments for his tonsil cancer.  He had a line across the back of his head where it looked like someone took a straight edge, like a ruler, and cut all the hair off below it.  It was higher on the back of his head than anyone would ever cut hair.  He also had quit shaving, but his beard, if you could call it that, grew very little, if at all, and there was a circular spot on both sides of his jaw where no hair grew at all.  The beard that he did grow made him look creepy and we called it his "weird beard."  I asked him to shave it off--he looked bad enough as it was with all the weight he lost!  So now, he's 5 years out from his last treatment.  His hair did grow back on his head/back of his neck.  He doesn't remember it being like that in the first place, so he can't answer the question about how long it took to grow back.  I don't recall either.  Now, he says he only has to shave about once or twice a week at the most--it's just stubble--and those 2 circular spots where no hair grows are still there, but he thinks the one side is starting to come back just a little bit.  Hope this helps!  Good luck to you.

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by Missyr70 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 05:15 AM

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my husband lost some hair, after his first 4 treatments of radiation.

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by Annielizabeth on Thu Oct 17, 2013 05:16 AM

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On Oct 15, 2013 6:12 PM NogivingupDon wrote:

There is a line on the back of my head where it looks like someone stuck a bowl on me then made all the hair disappear.  It aligns with the arc that the IMRT radiation treatments took (I had 30). 

On the front, I no longer have any beard - both as smooth as a baby's behind.  Did anyone else suffer hair loss from radiation treatments?  If so, did it come back?  How long did it take?

Thanks!

Yes, I had radiation treatment for throat cancer and wore my hair short for a year. Being a woman it didn't matter that much as I could grown it to cover the area affected. But it did start growing a year later.

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by Sdurnell on Thu Oct 17, 2013 05:35 AM

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I lost about an inch or so along the hairline on the back of my neck, and all the aggravating hairs on my chin disappeared.  It started to grow back about a month after my radiation ended. I was told that this would happen--were the rest of you?

When mine grew back, it was curly!  My daughter's hairdresser said it would straighten out, but instead the rest of my hair got somewhat curlier too.  Strange.  I was wondering whether it had something to do with damage to my thyroid, which is pretty unavoidable with radiation, and which can lead to changes in hair.

Susan

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by Annielizabeth on Thu Oct 17, 2013 06:09 AM

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Dear Susan... I wish the aggravating hairs on my chin had disappeared!!! And yes... I am on thyroid replacement hormone medication for the rest of my life as radiation destroyed that too! But! I am alive! And smiling!

RE: Did Anyone Experience Hair Loss From Radiation Treatments

by macdonald44 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:57 AM

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