Taxotere/Carboplatin/Herceptin and Permanent Partial Alopecia
Would anyone here have been through the TCH regimen for HER2+ and also not had their hair come back normally? Any feedback on what you have tried, if so, and how it did or didn't help?
I knew going in that a tiny percentage of women never get any hair back after Taxotere. And a small but more significant percentage end up with permanent thinning along the lines of male pattern baldness. I didn't think it would be me- I had hair so thick, multiple hairdressers told me they'd never worked with anything like it. Now, I have what I call 'bird floof.' If you see me from the front you might not notice much beyond my hair being quite thin. On top and along one part, though, it's almost non-existent. I tell myself it's a small price to pay for existence, but it's rough to know I might never *not* see my skull again, and that I have less hair than my gram had in her 80s when I'm 'only' 59.
I'm going to see a dermatologist next week. I've heard about the plasma 'shots' in the scalp that might help. I've heard oral minoxidil might be of assistance and also help with my very moderate high blood pressure. I've heard steroids might be of use- my least favorite idea of the options that have been mentioned.
Looking for feedback on what's been tried, and what the ups/downs are.