Hair loss with chemotherapy
Hair loss is often caused by genetic predisposition and hormones. The most common causes of hereditary hair loss are the so-called androgenetic alopecia. Here, the hair roots can shrink over time or become smaller, making the hair finer and eventually stopping.
Losing All My Hair to Chemotherapy – 2022
Hair loss with chemotherapy – 2022
We distinguish between diffuse, that is, a uniform hair loss and local hair loss, if the hair only falls out in certain areas.
Many people are terrified of developing cancer, although most do not even have to deal with it once in their life. They tend to associate chemotherapy with the loss of all their own hair. This is not the case, however.
The drugs used in chemotherapy effectively attack tumors, but they also attack other fast-growing cells and thus also those of the hair roots. Depending on which medication is used, the hair falls out completely or only partially – for example in a zebra pattern. The effect only occurs when the drugs enter the blood circulation and circulate there. Accordingly, eye lashes or eyebrows do not fall out in many patients.
Hair loss is often caused by genetic predisposition and hormones. The most common causes of hereditary hair loss are the so-called androgenetic alopecia. Here, the hair roots can shrink over time or become smaller, making the hair finer and eventually stopping. As a rule, this type of hair loss is only noticeable after a longer period of time. The age at which it occurs differs from person to person. Symptoms that indicate hereditary hair loss include:
The hair remains thinning over the years
The number of hairs on the head does not decrease despite washing your hair
Temples and parietal areas are increasingly balding
In rare cases, women also develop diffuse hair loss on their heads as a result of hormonal changes. This usually affects women during or after pregnancy, or after menopause. However, in some rare cases, these changes in hormone balance can also lead to diffuse alopecia.
The cause of hair loss can be due to a genetic predisposition that has existed for many years. It also depends on the hair structure and on the hair-shaping process. The typical “problem areas” are the temples and vertex (top of the head). These are almost always hereditary.
The hair loss can initially be evenly distributed over the entire scalp, but is often concentrated in the temporal area. The character is diffuse (diffuse hair loss). Hair loss can occur in women without leaving a bald spot. In this case, it is sometimes referred to as diffuse alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia.
If you have cancer, hair loss is often a side effect of treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy can lead to hair loss on the head, face and body, as well as thinning eyebrows and eyelashes. These cancer treatments directly affect cells that are rapidly growing, including those in the hair follicles.
Certain cancer drugs can cause you to grow more hair in some areas of your body while the drugs cause you to lose hair on your head.
Cancer treatments that might cause hair loss include:
- Targeted therapy
Hair loss can be devastating to anyone, but most especially to women. With so much emphasis placed on our appearance in society, it is understandable that hair loss can have a profound effect on our self-esteem and confidence. For those with a particularly sensitive disposition, the effects of hair loss can be severe enough to alter their entire lifestyle and even personality.
It is generally known that men suffer from baldness – approximately 40 million men suffer from male pattern baldness in the United States alone. What people do not know is that women are also susceptible to balding and thinning hair, although at a much lower rate than men. According to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately 30 million women (and 50 percent of all post-menopausal women) suffer from female pattern baldness.
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