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Joy asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

Hair lost after Chemo--I am happy to be alive.My hair is different from my original hair. I have a bald spot?

in the top--i know hair will never grow in the blad spot..I do not like wigs. What can I do to hide the bald spot. Once more I am very glad to be alive....But I would like suggestions. Thanking you in advance.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Congrats survivor! i am an ovarian cancer survivor 2 yrs. my hair was straight as a board and light brown, and it came back sooo curly and dark brown! almost black! i had a bald spot on the side of my head, and i just had to be patient for my hair to grow long enough to cover it. i know you are probably sick of hats and scarves...i hated wigs too! they looked so fake, and i would always get sooo hot with those things on! i would be pouring with sweat! my fav was do rags! i have like 200 of them!

    i am so happy for you! GOD BLESS YOU!!! :):):):):):):)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well first of all congratuations! I'm so happy to hear that you are a survivor. That's a shame about your hair. My son is just 11 and has lost all his hair too but they keep telling him it will grow back even better. I wonder, but at the same time I will take him any way God gives him to me so long as he is healthy and well again.

    I'm really sorry about your hair. I know the last thing you want to think about is surgery or hospitals but I'm wondering if you can't have that fixed surgically, I mean that would be a permanent solutin. I've seen this done on those stations where they show plastic surgery and stuff to alter hairlines etc. but they could actually cut off the area that is bald and suture the rest together, so in essence the bald spot is surgically removed. It really wouldn't even be painful other than a bit during the first day.

    Something to think about. Make sure you find a good surgeon to do it if you decide to.

    I don't know if that hair replacement stuff they show for bald men would work on getting new hair to grow there or not. That could be another alternative but it would be costly.

    Maybe some organization for cancer support could help you for the funding on the surgery? Maybe you should mention it to a good friend and they could do a collection to help you out.

    If it's not that bad a short hair do would probably cover it best. Someone mentioned the hair extensions, that could help a lot too.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The answer to your question would depend on how long ago you had treatments. My lifemate lost all her hair during chemo/radiation, but it all came back about a year or so after treatments were completed. It can differ with individuals. In the mean time, consider a wig or wearing a fancy hat while you're waiting to see if the natural hair will return. I've listed a link to the Mayo Clinic and what they have to say about hair loss from cancer treatments. The key part is this:

    After Treatment:

    Continue gentle hair care. Your new hair growth will be especially fragile and vulnerable to the damage caused by styling products and heating devices. Hold off on coloring or bleaching your new hair for at least six months. Besides damaging new hair, processing could irritate your sensitive scalp.

    Be patient. It's likely that your hair will come back slowly and that it might not look normal right away. But growth takes time, and it also takes time to repair the damage caused by your cancer treatment.

    Hope this helps.

    BTW, congrats on being a survivor. My lady is now cancer free for almost two years. I am also a survivor; chronic lymphatic leukemia. I have now outlived the doctor who diagnosed it, and half the research team that used me as a 'research volunteer' in the search for a cure. I have been free for over 30 years. There is hope.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Did you have radiation to your scalp? Or did you shave your head when your hair started falling out? I encountered someone recently when I went back for a mammogram who also had bald spots. She said she didn't shave her head and the bald spots were areas where the hair had fallen out and just needed to catch up.

    I shaved my head when it started falling and found that areas that I had radiation are hairless and it's been over 2 years. My scalp hair came back very thick at first because all the hair folicles had a nice vacation, but now it's back to how it was before chemo.

    Good luck, it may just take some time for the rest to return from vacation.

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  • congrtaulations for beating the odds. Your a survivor and a true hero for others with cancer to look up too. I wouldn't even worry about a small bald spot. I'm sure your hair will grow back in due time if not, you can get hair implants or something. In the meantime you can just wear a hat of some sort. who cares you beat it and that is what is important. Good luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They have hair treatment for men commercials on TV all of the time. They cut hair out of the lower part of the head and replace it surgically through a punch hole on the bald spot. Whether or not this will work on you, I am not sure since you had chemotherapy and probably fried some of your hair follicles.

    If it is not too bad, you may be able to color your scalp with a marker. For instance if your hair is brown. Get a brown marker and color your scalp. It works.

    Congratulations on finishing your treatment!!!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I really understand about wigs! I went bald during my chemo, and I didn't care how I looked! Oooo, I hated wigs!

    Anyway, I think your best bet is to ask around about hairdressers. Ask women who have impeccable hair all the time who they see. Even ask strangers! It'll be a compliment! (I hope that's the right spelling.)

    They can help you figure out the best style to minimize or hide the spot.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When my sisters hair grew back it was so shiny and healthy looking! As for the bald spots you can get hair extensions. Just call around to find a salon that does them- they look real!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ur hair will get back to normal after a while, hydrate it with natural things such as olive oil or avocado puree. don't use any chemicals as the skin is very fragile with chemotherapy. as for the bald spot u can rub castor oil and almond oil twice a day, it thikens the hair. good luck:)

    Source(s): my friend went thru chemo, her hair was totally different from what it was like (coarse and dryer but it's because u still have lots of chemicals in ur body) it changes and goes back to normal after a while
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  • 1 decade ago

    my mom had cancer then took chemo, but before her original hair was thick and full, but after chemo, it was still a full head but just not as thick.

    Did you have maybe thin or medium hair before?? or maybe that bald region was originally a little thin anyway

    Maybe you could use hairstyles that pull your hair over that spot and keep it in place, nothing where your hair hangs loose

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