Does radiation or chemotherapy cause hair loss?

Is it radiation or chemo that causes hair loss?

Some types of chemotherapy cause the hair on your head and other parts of your body to fall out. Radiation therapy can also cause hair loss on the part of the body that is being treated. Hair loss is called alopecia.

Which side effects are worse chemo or radiation?

Side effects of radiation therapy

Since radiation therapy is focused on one area of your body, you may experience fewer side effects than with chemotherapy. However, it may still affect healthy cells in your body.

Do all radiation patients lose hair?

In radiation, only hair that is in the area of radiation will be affected by hair loss. Only if radiation is given to the head will one lose hair on the head. Radiation given to other parts of the body will not cause hair on the head to fall out.

Will my hair ever go back to normal after chemo?

They can tell you what to expect. Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. You can expect to regrow your hair three to six months after your treatment ends, though your hair may temporarily be a different shade or texture.

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Does hair loss from radiation grow back?

If you have hair in the area being treated, you may lose some or all of it during or just after radiation therapy. The hair will usually grow back a few months after treatment has finished, but sometimes hair loss is permanent.

What chemo makes you lose hair?

Chemo More Likely to Cause Hair Loss

Alkylating agents: Cytoxan or Neosar (cyclophosphamide), Ifex (ifosfamide), Myleran or Busulfex (busulphan), Thioplex (thiotepa).

What is the best shampoo to use after chemo?

Use baby shampoo or other mild shampoo (such as Aveeno® or Vanicream). You should also use a cream rinse or hair conditioner. Use shampoos and conditioners that have sunscreen to prevent sun damage to your scalp. Always rinse your hair well and pat it dry with a soft towel.

How can I regrow my hair after chemo?

Try hair regrowth treatment

Some research has suggested that minoxidil (Rogaine) might speed up hair regrowth or reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. Doctors may, for example, recommend Rogaine for people who have had tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer.

How long for immune system to recover after radiation?

It might take from 10 days to many months for the immune system to recover completely. Surgery also breaks the skin and can damage mucous membranes and tissue under the skin, causing it to be exposed to germs. The wound caused by surgery (the incision) is a common place for infection.