IMPACT OF CANCER TREATMENT ON SKIN: TRADITIONAL CHEMOTHERAPY
HAIR LOSS

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Alopecia, or hair loss, is caused by treatments which specifically target rapidly-multiplying cells, as this is a feature not only of cancer cells but also of hair bulbs (i.e. hair roots). This leads to sudden or gradual loss of hair and body hair. Hair and body hair will grow back after the treatment, once the body has eliminated all traces of the drug.

Hygiene

  • Wash with a small amount of gentle shampoo and tepid water(1)
  • Avoid any aggressive actions (e.g. blow-drying, bleaching, etc.)(1)
  • Use a soft bristle brush(1)

Before chemotherapy

  • Do not brush or wash your hair too often. Ideally, wash it the day before chemotherapy and wait up to 8 days before the next shampoo wash(2)
  • Get a short haircut before chemotherapy(1)