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AdeleVAdeleV Posts: 2

I lost all of my hair due to chemo. It started growing back after 5 weeks. It grew about 1/4" and then stopped growing. Prior to treatment it grew 1" per month. Does anyone know if this is common and if it will start to grow again?


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi there,

    I just wanted to welcome you to the community. Glad you found us here! 🙂

    I think the rate of re-growth can be different for everyone. You may find it grows back very differently to how it was pre cancer. I know mine is very different.

    Once my chemo had finished my hair began to grow back. But it took a long time before I felt it even needed a trim eg growing round my ears etc. It was about 6 months later I had a first cut, it was still very short too, but it was annoying me, I felt like I had sideburns! Haha.

    How long ago since you noticed any growth?

    This is me with 6 months growth.

    Hopefully you will see a change soon.

    Lou x

  • AdeleVAdeleV Posts: 2

    About a month ago.

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    Hi @AdeleV

    This article possibly may be of use to answer your question about hair regrow after treatment ends.

    wishing you well with your continued recovery. Please get in contact if you need further support.

    Best wishes

    Liz 💕

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hi Lou

    Still enjoying a glass of wine 🍷x

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Hahaha, do you mean me or you? 😂

    We went to Prezzo for an impromptu meal out, haven't done that for a long time now! 😁

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Haha Lou, perhaps both of us. 😉

    Hope it will soon be possible to pop out for a meal again.

    Rob xx

  • MarlMarl Posts: 1

    I lost my hair due to RCHOP for non Hodgkin's lymphoma 2 years ago. My hair started growing almost right away after end of chemo, but seemed like very slowly. I wore my wig for 4 months after end of chemo and stopped once the weather got hot - it was a very short pixie. And now 2 years later it is to my shoulders. I massaged my scalp with Tea Tree & Lavender essential oils mixed with warm olive oil at least 3 times a week from the start. I had read that those 2 oils help hair grow and I thought there was no harm in trying it! I still do that twice a week. I also use Aveeno Baby shampoo that has no parabens or chemicals.

    I think loosing my hair was the worst part of chemo!

  • HelenjcHelenjc Posts: 2

    Hi there I didn't wait for the cancer or chemo to take my hair I did a brave the shave for macmillan. Took control of it before it went... Have a stumble growth at the moment but still have 3 chemo treatment s left to have then radiotherapy at some point. Keep well.

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭



    I just wanted to welcome you to the community.

    Well done for braving the shave in aid of Macmillan. I had mine shaved off once it started to fall out too I did feel better once it was off, sort of! It took a long time to get used to How are you getting on with chemo?

    I hope you are managing ok during this time too.

    Sending best wishes

    Lou x

  • HelenjcHelenjc Posts: 2

    Hi there the first 3 were fec and zaraia injections for home they were ok bit sick feeling and tired and one moody day but after the fourth day ok . Last Thursday treatment was all new started with hercption injection then hour later dexotrail or something like that can't spell it. Then zarzia again for home Thursday friday were ok but omg Saturday Sunday Monday thought i was going to die the pain was horrendously bad pain in mynjoints legs chest back head . Phoned oncolgy they said take codine gets worse ring them back . So for 2 days codine and paracetamol been unable to go to the toilet till now .going to mask chemo doctor to change meds Thursday can't donthemat again .

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭



    Oh no, I am sorry this latest round has caused you so much pain. I know what the codeine is like too, I was never quite sure which was worse, the joint pain, or the constipation caused of having to take the pain meds so often. I do feel for you. I understand it is really horrible.

    Perhaps when you speak to your oncologist they could adjust the dosage to make it more tolerable? Some others here had that done when they were having chemo, and it seemed to help them get through it. I just realised the time, and maybe you have already spoken with them?

    I hope the days are becoming a little easier since the weekend, and you are beginning to move on the upwards path this cycle.

    Thinking of you,

    Lou xx

  • GroomeEGroomeE Posts: 3


    I had my hair cut off as soon as it started to fall out and felt much better for taking control. I wore a wig for a few months after chemo, but when I went into hospital for my op I left it at home and went natural. The oxygen I was on after the operation seemed to make my hair grow quickly and it was last summer which helped I think and I never went back to the wigs. Now a year on I have a mop!Not being able to have it cut at the moment has been great as I would normally have kept it short but it has grown like a weed and is very different to before the cancer and I love it .

    Hang on in there and you may find like me that you love the new look 💕

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2020


    Hi there

    What a lovely photograph and I must say, your hair looks amazing. I am sure that your pic will be a huge encouragement to others who are facing the distressing side effects of hair loss, as if the chemo itself isn’t enough to cope with.

    I am assuming that you are now cancer free. It is always special to hear from people who have coped with operations, chemo etc. and who have got through it all safe and well.

    Rob x

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 771 ✭✭✭✭✭



    A very warm welcome to you to the community.

    I love your photo, and I agree with Rob, your hair is looking great. It doesn't look messy, and I am glad you are loving your new look!

    Thank you for sharing with us, it is so encouraging for everyone else who is still going through treatment and suffering, and having to deal with hair loss.

    I hope you are recovering well from the treatment and operations, it does take a while to adjust to life after cancer. I hope you are also keeping well, away from the virus.

    Have a good evening,

    Lou x

  • GroomeEGroomeE Posts: 3

    Thanks for your kind comments, I am doing well thanks. It is a year since I had my operation for oesophageal cancer and I have to say I feel amazing I had a second course of chemo last August as a check they had got it all and had the all clear in November last year , a year after I was first diagnosed.

    I feel really well now and am basically back to normal what ever that is😊I am eating and drinking normally and living a totally normal life, except that is for this darn virus!

    Eileen xxx

  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 134 ✭✭✭

    Hi everyone !

    I had non H Lymphoma in 2018 & lost my hair immediately. I shaved it as soon as I started molting. It grew back quite well but I was advised to shave it several times before letting it grow back properly to " equalize" it otherwise it seemed to grow much thicker on top & I looked like a Mohican! I went into remission for several months, then I was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) last Nov. Again I lost my hair immediately after the first chemo.

    It started growing back in February then in April it started falling out again ! I assume it's because I've been having a lot of chemo.

    Im lucky, I really don't mind having a bald head tho sometimes it's cold & people have a tendency to stare. I have lots of hats, bonnets & scarves. I never considered a wig & I actually find it quite cathartic - maybe I should become a Buddhist monk! So I'm interested to see if it's going to grow back the same this time ...

    What I find bizarre is that my nails have never been better!

    It's great to hear everyone's stories of overcoming their cancer. I beat it once, I can do it again !! Ali xx

  • VivViv Posts: 21 ✭✭


    it makes me wonder how we get through Chemo at

    times it makes you feel terrible the human body is amazing

    i lost my hair but not my fringe so I had hats on most of the time then it got to hot so all my hair came off. I had wigs 4 in

    fact I think because it took my mind off the cancer so I brought bits creams and things but never wore the wigs I did not feel the need people do look but I don’t care after all we have been ill

    its growing a bit strange but I like it not keen on the white colour that it has become instead of blond.

    keep well thinking of you

    viv xx

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