Varies a lot for everyone, Joyce, just as everyone's hair varies in general. Some people's hair grows fast, some slow, some thick, some fine... Mine was about 1 1/2" long 7 months after finishing chemo, I remember that. As Carolyn says, it most often grows back different - a different color, and/or curly if it was straight, straight if it was curly. It's actually fun, seeing what it does! Good luck - PJH
It's going to depend on what type of chemo that you received. I had Adriamyacin, Taxotere and Cytoxin.
My last treatment was on Sept. 18th. It's Dec. 18th, and I have 1/4" stuble. Prior to chemo, my hair was light brown with silver streaks; and it was very straight. It's coming in black, and it looks like it might have a little curl too.
Joyce, your hair can actually start to grow back during chemo, though that doesn't usually happen. It should start growing back pretty quickly, though. It'll be gradual; I wouldn't expect anything even approaching "normal" hair for 6 months, and then it'll be like a boys' cut - maybe a couple of inches long. Also, if it was curly before it may come in straight; if straight, it may come in VERY curly, so be prepared for a brand new hairstyle! And color, too. Good luck - PJH
Well, it's been 10 months since chemo ended and my hair started growing back. It's still a lot darker than pre-chemo. Am upset because the super straight hair prior to chemo, is now nothing but frizz. So frizzy in fact that I wash it and put the close fitting cap (that black people use) to make it lie straight. So it looks as though I will continue to wear my "best friend" wig for a long time to come. Dr. says it still may change. Sure hope so.
You girls have enlightened and education a sister who is new to the chemotherapy process. Taxotere is not one of meds and I will be sure to discuss this indetail with my oncologist should she suggest it. I guess I should see this as a blessings because I never lost all of my hair. I buzzed it because it was falling out at a high rate of speed and the length made it worse. That happened 16 days into treatment. My hair is now growing like a weed and at week 6 is com able but not cute. The hair that didn't fall out is about 1 1/2 inches long and the the hair that fell out is like a 3 day stubble that a man gets when he doesn't shave.
My oncologist believes that my continued vitamins regimen, B complx, 2 fish oil capsules, Vitamin D 2000 units and one multi-vitamin had alotto do with at in concert with the galloon of water I drink every day. Again, I'm new and have only had three treatments. I was hoping that sharing the vitamin regimen might help a sister.
Hi, I have been on nab paclitaxol, 2 weeks on and 1 week off for 3 rounds. When my hair started falling out after about 10 days I bought Liquid Silica (Swisse brand has the strongest dose). I used to take Silica regularly but had stopped. No more hair fell out once I started the Silica and I kept my eyebrows and lashes. I wish I had taken it earlier before the chemo, might not have lost so much hair? The hair that was left is growing slowly after I buzzed it to 1/2 inch. My husband also finally started taking Silica and his hair has filled in wonderfully at the front and at the back crown. I would try this supplement before and after any chemo, it protects skin, nails and cartilage as well. It is now 2 1/2 weeks since my last chemo (I don't want any more) and I am hoping soon that the follicles that were damaged will start producing hair again so it gets thicker. I will keep you posted.
Be well and happy.
I have a brain tumour and needed chemo & radiotherapy at the same time, my chemo was oral, because everyday I was having radiotherapy on my head, i was told that i'd lose my hair because of the radio not the chemo and that it would never grow back, with all that i was facing it was the least of my worries, when it started to fall out I asked a friend to shave my head for me which she did, it was strange but didn't concern me too much. My hair grew back in patches where there had been no radiotherapy so i continued to shave it. I was using mens hair clippers but my scalp was still sore, so my friend suggested i try a ladyshave which I did, i shaved it 3 times and then left because it appeared to be growing all over, very fine at first and slightly thicker, it is now shoulder length, but still a little thin at the front where my surgery scar is. So I got my hair back against the odds, but the best news is I have outlived my original prognosis by 19 months.I know this doesn't directly relate to the question asked, but I wanted to share my story and give hope to those now dealing with this despicable disease.xxxx
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