As the individual reading, this will be aware from their Oncologist; cancer treatment can cause loss of scalp hair while others experience no change at all. It’s enormously important to the patient following diagnosis to know whether their hair will fall out.
Chemotherapy kills off the cancer cells and therefore inevitably other healthy cells in the body including the hair cells, which can cause the hair to start to fall out within 2-3 weeks of treatment. Certain medicines can cause body, pubic and facial hair loss but any hair loss depends on other factors such as The type of drug or combination of medications you are taking, the dose, your sensitivity to the drug, and the duration of treatment.
In some cases, a ‘cold cap’ can be worn during chemotherapy, minimize or prevent hair loss. The hair loss is temporary, and in 99.9% the hair completely grows back. The time in which hair takes to regrow varies from person to person. Some people find that their hair grows back curly when before it may have been straight or vice versa! Others find that the hair is a different colour. However, these changes are usually temporary but rarely permanent.
Some people decide to cut their hair much shorter or even shave their hair off as the hair starts to fall, this could give the sufferer a sense of control where so many elements of cancer take this feeling away from them. This could lessen the upset. For those who have been informed they are fortunately not going to lose their hair. Then colouring can be continued during treatment provided the hairdresser has been advised of the situation.
If a wig or hair piece is the desired choice, this will in no way impede the growth of the hair in future. Some people report the scalp can feel a little tender and opt for a silk scarf, daily shampoo is fine and may relieve any itchy sensation.
Radiotherapy can cause localized hair loss. When being applied to the scalp at the site of entry and exit of the rays. Often, this can be permanent. Your Dr will guide you on this. The condition and texture of the hair can also change.