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Hair loss is a common and often distressing side effect of some cancer treatments. For many people, hair loss is one of the toughest aspects of treatment. Some people have mild thinning, while others lose all their hair. Hair loss may occur all over the body. If you do lose hair, it will almost always grow back after your treatment ends. But your hair might grow back a different colour or texture. A person who had straight hair before treatment may find that he or she has curly hair afterward.
During your treatment, you may be able to use haircuts to hide hair loss or to make the hair you have left look its best. You may want to wear scarves and hats. Wigs or hairpieces also are an option. Or you may feel more comfortable leaving your head uncovered. Some people switch back and forth, depending on whether they are in public or at home with friends and family members.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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