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Hair loss from cancer treatment happens because chemotherapy drugs don’t just affect cancer cells, but other cells that divide quickly in the body. This includes hair follicles. Not all chemotherapy drugs will cause hair loss. Sometimes radiation to the brain can cause hair loss too.
There is no standard pattern for treatment-related hair loss. Sometimes it falls out gradually or all at once. Some of it may fall out or all of it may fall out. Sometimes other hair will fall out, including eyebrows and eyelashes.
Hair loss from cancer treatment can be traumatic for both men and women. Hair is a part of an individual’s identity. The loss of hair is also an outward sign of cancer. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can prevent hair loss from occurring, but there are ways to prepare for it, and minimize the discomfort related to it.
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