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Oct 26, 2019 07:28AM
SarahSmilesatMe I'm chiming in with more support. EXACTLY like you and these other experiences above my post, I also thought WHAT'S THE POINT when a lot of shedding happened after #2. Yes, keep everything super tight---I used plenty of conditioner next to my scalp to make the contact of the cold cap really good, and I slicked down my hair.
Losing a lot of hair is still not being bald. People couldn't tell that I had thin hair. I babied my hair completely---I hardly ever washed it (1 time, 3 days after treatment, to wash out any excreted chemo residue), and otherwise, just completely treated it gently. I wore a snood in bed, and used a hair band or scarf a lot to style so the slightly-greasy-not-washed hair didn't look so weird, and just made that my look during those months.
There's a super small percentage of people who never re-grow their hair after TC---I think it's Taxotere that's to blame. That's why I persevered, thinking that whatever hair I could keep, I'd be ahead in case that were to happen. My hair DID regrow, just fine, when I was all done with chemo. As thick as ever.
My eyelashes and eyebrows did fall out, a few weeks after final, #4 treatment. For about a month, I needed to use an eyebrow pencil to fill in. 2 months after chemo ended, new hair was growing everywhere on my head. Eyebrows and eyelashes were normal looking in 2 months, and pretty good about 4-6 weeks after they shed.
I'm a year past that now, and sending you tons of support and warm wishes. Hang in there.
3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-
6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast
8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant