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Hair loss from cancer not growing back as it should, can I treat it?

worried womanName: Denise

Question: I lost my hair two years ago from cancer and it’s not growing back as much as it should be. Since it could be due to stress I want to know how much it would cost and how many stages I would need as my confidence is so low without hair?

Answer: Hair loss is an expected side effect from cancer treatment. Hair grows back to its original state once the treatment finishes with few exceptions, and because hair loss from stress (which should be short term in the form of telogen effluvium) should also grow back by itself, it’s not clear what’s going on here.

That said, there are known cases whereby hair grew back with a different texture or colour and there have been instances where the hair did not recover its original thickness or volume after cancer treatment. There have also been cases where the temporary hair loss goes on to progress, if there is a genetic predisposition, to female pattern hair loss, which will require a treatment plan containing minoxidil to stop it getting worse. You are most likely to be on remission at this stage, so we cannot recommend any form of treatment without the approval of your oncologist.

 

Do you have a question that you would like our senior hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis to answer? You can submit it here via our HairLossANSWERS form and we’ll get back to you.

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