Hair loss represents one of the most devastating side effects of cancer treatments. The drugs that are designed to poison cancer cells also poison hair follicles and will often result in partial or total hair loss, depending on the degree of the treatment. Your oncology team will be able inform you on what will happen to your hair with your type of treatment.
Hair loss from chemotherapy will begin approximately 10-15 days after the first dose of chemotherapy. This type of hair loss is temporary and hair will grow back in about 3 to 4 months after the last treatment.
You will also find your scalp to be sensitive and dry, causing it to be itchy.
Don’t be surprised that your new hair will look slightly different. The texture will be very soft (just like baby hair), the curl pattern will be different and the colour my look different.