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Hair Loss

It helps to know that hair loss (or alopecia, pronounced al-o-pee-shee-ah) is usually temporary. How much you lose and how quickly depends on your chemotherapy drugs. You may also develop alopecia in any area receiving radiation treatment. If your doctor tells you that hair loss is likely:

  • Remember that your hair will grow back.
  • Before you start to lose hair, consider cutting it short. This will help make hair loss less troubling emotionally. For hair thinning, a short cut helps delay the need to cover up.
  • Be kind to your hair. Use mild shampoos and soft brushes.
  • Men generally choose to wear hats; women choose wigs, scarves (cotton is best), or hats. It is better to choose a wig before your hair loss so you can match your existing color and hairstyle. Your insurance company may cover the cost of a wig. If not, ask a social worker or nurse for local resources where you can get one free of charge.
  • Contact the American Cancer Society about their free program, Look Good…Feel Better®. The program provides resources on looking and feeling better during cancer treatment. To learn more, call 1-800-395-LOOK, or visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.