Chemo hair loss messy, awkward; advance preparations can make i...

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Their work involves lots of entertaining and myriad social commitments for which chic black is pretty much the diplomatic dress code.But black wasn't an option when the chemotherapy drugs battling Smith's ...

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Ann

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Mar 13, 2007
 
I don't know why someone told this poor woman not to shave her head. It's the easiest way to deal with hair loss of this type; otherwise it's everywhere--your pillow, the shower drain. If you are anticipating chemotherapy, especially for breast cancer, you will most likely lose all of your hair. It's best to just shave it off as soon as it starts to fall out, if not a week or so sooner.

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Mar 13, 2007
 
Yes I agree but it is traumatic for women especially to lose their hair. Maybe they need to find a beautiful wig first then shave their own.
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Mar 20, 2007
 
My daughter has lymphoma and is starting chemo. Would anyone have a pattern of a scarf for her head, head wrap or whatever they are called? I would also like to make some of these for the Cancer Center for others who are going through chemo.
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Allan

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May 15, 2007
 
I used this website to purchase headwear for a cancer patient friend of mine http://www.chemosavvy.com you should be able to get ideas for scarfs, etc. there.
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May 17, 2007
 
I know this guy who was diagnosed with cancer of the colon when he was 42 years old. Now he is 73 and still alive. He does health measures and juices lots of vegetable juices in between meals, sometimes fruit juices. He refused all chemotherapy and all surgery. Dr. Day does the same thing and she lived 15 years after this great big tumor came out of her chest. She had surgery and it grew back she did the juicing and it went away. She does other things too. They both still drink freshly made vegetable juices and are both still alive.
Mary

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May 23, 2007
 
When I found out I had lung cancer and that I would be going through both chemo and radiation, I went ahead and shaved my head. I felt that I had enough to worry about then my hair falling out and trust me when it came back it came back thicker and in better shape than it had been in years. As far as wigs were concerned I could not bring myself to wear one. I wore scarves and bandanas. It seems to me that I am seeing more women going nude and not covering up. There are companies that can make wigs that are made from your hair or a donors.
Dalelynn Arostegui

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May 23, 2007
 
My friend Kym Lindau is such aloving soul,very brave. Its 11:35 Cali time and 1:35 Kym's time as we speak Im writing this..as she explains alot of her breast cancer I cant help but love her...she is very blessed with life and loves life. We talk of seeing each other soon but soon never comes..I will make time because time waits for no one..even the most loving ones....god bless you kym...your friend Dalelynn
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May 24, 2007
 
Ann wrote:
I don't know why someone told this poor woman not to shave her head. It's the easiest way to deal with hair loss of this type; otherwise it's everywhere--your pillow, the shower drain. If you are anticipating chemotherapy, especially for breast cancer, you will most likely lose all of your hair. It's best to just shave it off as soon as it starts to fall out, if not a week or so sooner.
I just shaved my hair. I look awufull!But anyway. it is better like this. And I don t care anymore about my hare. I only want to feel better. Doctors don t give me too many chances. But I still have faith in life! God bless you all! If u are sick and u need to talk to someone who knows what u are going through, u can find me on messenger- id lianaman2006
Taw

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Jun 20, 2007
 
How soon does hair fall out after first chemo treatment

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Jun 20, 2007
 
Taw wrote:
How soon does hair fall out after first chemo treatment
depends what chemo regime you are on, my first chemo was Epirubicen (red devil) and my hair took 2 weeks before it started to shed.
Taw

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Jun 28, 2007
 
thank you for your response. My hair has now fallen out. 10 days.

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Jun 28, 2007
 
Taw wrote:
thank you for your response. My hair has now fallen out. 10 days.
How you doing Taw ? Are u coping ok with the hair loss. I know I was devastated, no matter how much I thought I had prepared myself I still sank to an all time low, but then it is a case of onwards and upwards and I just aimed for the day that I would finish chemo and the joy of hair growing back !!!!! I had several wigs and enjoyed changing them about, I just remember how tough it was when the hair first came out.
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Jun 28, 2007
 
Hang in there Taw. i wished i had shaved my head first thing, i waited awhile, filled a trash can a day for 1 week. finally had my husband shave my head. lots better. i think my hair falling out day by day made me physicaly sick. being bald not so bad after a while. i could not deal with the wigs. When my 8 year old boy first saw me in it, he said i looked like a clown. He didn't mean it to hurt my feelings, just being a truthful 8 year old. i started wearing a bandana. i got so sick i didnt care who saw my bald head. actually i'm glad i took some pictures.
deedee

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Jun 28, 2007
 
thank goe it will grow back
Taw

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Jun 28, 2007
 
It is tough. I thought I was ready also. Sewed hair into linings of some really cute caps. Didn't think a wig was for me. they look nice but doesn't help the inside. I just take one day at a time knowing I onlly have 5 more treatments left. Should be finished by end of Sept.
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Jun 28, 2007
 
Good luck to you, i hope the chemo isn't to hard on you. I hope you have someone to help you through it. Everyone seems to get different "cocktails" so every one reacts different to it. Thank god for my husband and my sister.
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Jun 28, 2007
 
Taw wrote:
How soon does hair fall out after first chemo treatment
My hair is just starting to fall out 3 days after my second treatment. As prepared as I think I am, I am still quite terrified. Planning to have my head shaved very soon, before bald patches show up. I do have a nice wig ready.
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Shaving your head is the only answer. Mine started falling out. After three days I couldn't stand it any longer. I agree it made me physically sick and mad. I think I could have pulled it all out. I've been wearing hats now for 4 days and you know it really isn't that bad. Buy some really big gaudy earings. People will notice that before your head:)

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Jun 30, 2007
 
Hey MJRin NY can totally relate to the feeling terrified, not a nice place to be in. i think once the hair is out whether shaved off or coming out itself there is more of an acceptance, that this has happened and now I just have to deal with it. I remember the first time I wore my wig outside, such a massive deal to me and not one person gave me a second glance !!!!!!! take care
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Jul 3, 2007
 
I'm so glad to find this forum. My hair started falling out on day 15 after 1st chemo. This is day 4 now, and every day the shedding is more. It's almost scary, and weird to see this happening. My hair is thinning all over, but others can't tell because it's fairly short and thick.

It's shedding everywhere and driving me crazy! My biggest question is, "How long will this last?" How long did this process take before your hair was gone, or before you were to the point that you had to "buzz" your hair?

It's good to hear directly from you'all who are a little ahead of me and I appreciate your advice.

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