Cancer Channel
Related Channels

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

Dealing With Hair Loss and Chemotherapy

Unfortunately, hair loss cannot be prevented during chemotherapy. Whether or not you experience hair loss with chemotherapy will depend on the drugs that you are taking and their dosages. Your healthcare provider can tell you if hair loss might occur with the drug or drugs you are taking. If you are undergoing chemotherapy and hair loss does occur, you may want to try some things that other people have done in order to deal with hair loss. Some of these suggestions include:
  • Some people who lose all or most of their hair choose to wear turbans, scarves, caps, wigs, or hairpieces. Others leave their head uncovered. Still others switch back and forth, depending on whether they are in public or at home with friends and family members. There are no "right" or "wrong" choices; do whatever feels comfortable for you.
If you choose to cover your head:
  • Get your wig or hairpiece before you lose a lot of hair. That way, you can match your current hairstyle and color. You may be able to buy a wig or hairpiece at a specialty shop just for cancer patients. Someone may even come to your home to help you. You also can buy a wig or hairpiece through a catalog or by phone.
  • You may also consider borrowing a wig or hairpiece, rather than buying one. Check with a nurse or social work department at your hospital about resources for free wigs in your community.
  • Take your wig to your hairdresser or the shop where it was purchased for styling and cutting to frame your face.
  • Some health insurance policies cover the cost of a hairpiece that is bought due to cancer treatment. It is also a tax-deductible expense. Be sure to check your policy and ask your doctor for a "prescription."
Losing hair from your head, face, or body can be hard to accept. Feeling angry or depressed is common and perfectly all right. At the same time, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect. Talking about your feelings can help. If possible, share your thoughts with someone who has had a similar experience.
7 Natural Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Pain

Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.