Hair Loss with FOLFIRI + Avastin

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Hair Loss with FOLFIRI + Avastin

by KristyLee65 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 04:59 PM

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Today as I took a shower, I noticed, that strands of hair were coming out pretty easy. It was not in clumps but, several strands. I have hair shed but, this was a lot more. I could see it washing down the drain. I just started combing through it and as it collected, I just wadded and set it aside, to see how much would accumulate. I just started getting a little upset so I stopped.. I guess my question is......how soon after anyone started this regime, did their hair start falling out? 

This was my second round. I go every other week. Irontecan is one of my new drugs. I am blessed beyond words. I am just trying to get an idea of how much hair loss or if total hair loss, may be in the future. I am not scared. I can buy me a wig and I have so many choices lol. If anyone could share their story, I would appreciate it. God Bless and Good luck to you all.

Kristy

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by paularae on Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:05 PM

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I started losing my hair after m6 second chemo. I decided that I did not want to have it come out in clumps in the drain. I has my head shaved. Go to the Look Good Feel Good from the American cancer society. They will give you some money for a wig. I would use a small cotton cap under the wig. Also, get a cap when you sleep. Your head gets cold with no hair. The good thing is that it comes back. I liked when I did not have to shave my legs. Hang in there.

Paula

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by Weaves on Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:20 PM

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You sound so strong and positive. Keep it up. I have multiple myeloma (bone cancer) and I am half way through my chemo treatments. So far so good, no hair loss at all. (I am a 52 year old male in Australia) I'm told I will suffer hair loss during my stem cell transplant in approx 6 weeks. Probably not such an issue for a bloke, but still concerned, as even at my age, I have a very full head of hair!! Stay in touch and remember.... Your greatest form of medicine is being happy and positive. Cheers mate.

RE: Hair Loss with FOLFIRI + Avastin

by Seriousperson on Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:34 PM

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On Nov 18, 2015 10:05 PM paularae wrote:

I started losing my hair after m6 second chemo. I decided that I did not want to have it come out in clumps in the drain. I has my head shaved. Go to the Look Good Feel Good from the American cancer society. They will give you some money for a wig. I would use a small cotton cap under the wig. Also, get a cap when you sleep. Your head gets cold with no hair. The good thing is that it comes back. I liked when I did not have to shave my legs. Hang in there.

Paula

I've lost about 80% of my hair; pink scalp showing on top and back. It mostly fell out after the second treatment. It will probably be a year before I have my real hair again, based on timeline of surgery and more chemo for stage IV colon cancer. I have to have about 75% of my liver removed. I know it's wrong, but the hair is what's depressing.

RE: Hair Loss with FOLFIRI + Avastin

by Seriousperson on Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:40 PM

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On Nov 18, 2015 10:05 PM paularae wrote:

I started losing my hair after m6 second chemo. I decided that I did not want to have it come out in clumps in the drain. I has my head shaved. Go to the Look Good Feel Good from the American cancer society. They will give you some money for a wig. I would use a small cotton cap under the wig. Also, get a cap when you sleep. Your head gets cold with no hair. The good thing is that it comes back. I liked when I did not have to shave my legs. Hang in there.

Paula

I've lost about 75% of my hair; pink scalp showing on top and back. It mostly fell out after the second treatment. It will probably be a year before I have my real hair again (if it grows back), based on timeline of surgery and more chemo for stage IV colon cancer. I have to have about 75% of my liver removed. I know it's wrong, but the hair is what's depressing. It is nice that since the first time since puberty my facial hair is not so noticeable. I've been wearing a bandana-print, tube head covering that I tuck under in the back. It's sociologically interesting that the Muslim and African American female college students where I work give me smiles that seem to say I belong to their inner circle of head coverings and hair issues.
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