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Cancer Treatments & Hair Loss

Hair loss represents one of the most devastating side-effects of cancer treatments. Certain types of cancer treatments, such as Chemotherapy, Cranial Radiotherapy and Anti-Estrogen Drugs, may cause either full or partial hair loss. This is because cancer treatments are designed to destroy cancer cells, but can also damage healthy cells in hair follicles. This often results in partial or total hair loss, depending on the degree of treatment. Your oncology team will be able to inform you on what will happen to your hair with your type of treatment.

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    Hair loss from chemotherapy will begin approximately 10-15 days after the first dose of chemo. This type of hair loss is temporary, with hair growing back in about 3 to 4 months after the last treatment. It is common for new hair to look slightly different. The texture may be very soft (just like baby hair), the curl pattern and colour also may be different. You also may find your scalp to be sensitive and dry, causing it to be itchy.

    Cranial Radiotherapy

    Cranial Radiotherapy can cause partial hair loss in targeted treatment areas. Hair loss is often more significant at the entry point of radiation, with less hair loss at the exit point. Hair often grows back once the full course of treatment is complete. Hair regrowth may begin in a patchy formation and can usually take 6 to 12 months to grow back completely. Depending on the severity of treatment, it may be possible that hair at the entry point of radiation will not grow back completely. This depends on the radiotherapy dosage and the number of treatments one had.

    Anti-Estrogen Drugs

    For people with a hormonal receptor that is estrogen positive, the Oncologist may prescribe anti-estrogen drugs for up to 5 years. One of the common side effects of anti-estrogen drugs includes thinning hair, which is a sign of hormonal hair loss. Once these drugs are stopped, hair may come back as it was before treatments. For people predisposed to Androgenetic Alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) in their families, hair may become thin in the frontal hairline and top of the head.

    Our Comfort Program

    At Truly You, our “Comfort Program” (https://www.trulyyou.ca/comfort.asp) is designed specifically for people undergoing cancer treatment. At our hair loss Mississauga clinic, we offer solutions for various types of hair loss at all stages of your treatment journey, including before you start treatments, during treatments, and after your treatments are complete.

    While you are dealing with the side effects of the cancer treatment and hair loss, our Mississauga clinic’s Comfort Program is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. We know how personal this experience can be. That’s why our experienced and warm technicians, our private treatment rooms, as well as our free, zero obligation consultations are all designed to comfort you every step of the way.

    Truly You believes that every person with cancer deserves to live life as normally as their energy and spirit allow, so we strive to provide the best solutions to hair loss from cancer treatments in Toronto. Before, during, and after your treatments, we are dedicated to helping you feel as “truly you” as possible.

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