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Topic: Using Latisse during chemo

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2011 10:41AM

Laura5 wrote:

Has anyone used Latisse during chemo? If so, did you start before chemo? Did it help you keep your lashes?

Dx 6/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 10, 2011 02:13PM brca1babe wrote:

hi laura5,

I have been using latisse since the start of AC chemo and have had 3 DD treatments (at week 7 now).  I also put the remaining part of the drop on each eyebrow.  I have no loss at all, my lashes are a bit thicker actually and look good..

however, I have heard of women partially losing their lashes and brow after chemo finishes despite latisse... so I will have to see how it goes.

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Aug 11, 2011 05:58PM Laura5 wrote:

hmmmm.....I wonder if these women quit using Latisse once chemo was finished, which is what I would plan to do.

Dx 6/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 11, 2011 06:13PM vlnrph wrote:

There is another thread on this topic in the chemo forum but "lattise" is spelled wrong in the title so may be hard to find! My concern, besides the expense, was darkening of the iris - can't risk losing my baby blues. The brow idea is interesting however. Those hairs seem to be more deeply rooted and my wig is cut to camouflage that area in case I try to get artistic with the pencil/powder and don't do a very good job...

After 4 cycles of TC (last infusions yesterday), my blonde tipped lashes have thinned but I can still wear mascara. Might experiment with falsies once I go back to work next month if there's enough there to perform an anchoring function. 

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Aug 11, 2011 09:12PM Laura5 wrote:

I know what you mean, I have blue eyes too. Might be worth a try on the brows.

Dx 6/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 11, 2011 09:15PM - edited Aug 11, 2011 09:16PM by CoolBreeze

There have been no cases of Latisse used as an eyelash enhancer causing eye color problems.  That is an old wives tale.  When used as originally made for - glaucoma, as drops in the eyes, sometimes that would cause eye color changes.

As Latisse, lining the eyes you are safe.

I didn't use it during my (first) chemo but got it right after.  The latisse rep said they hadn't done studies on whether it was safe to use on women during chemo - probably was, but you are trying to grow cells at the same time you are trying to kill them...

I used it right after and my lashes grew long and lush.  I stopped because it became a pain but I really shoudl start again.  The chemo I'm on now doesn't cause hair loss but my eyelashes seem to be getting pretty skimpy. 

A tip:  Don't use taht horrible brush that comes with it, buy a nice thin liner and use that. 

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Aug 11, 2011 09:41PM Laura5 wrote:

That is one thing I worried about too, trying to grow cells at the same time you are trying to kill them. I wonder if Latisse would make the chemo attack your lashes even more.

Dx 6/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 8/25/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 12, 2011 02:17PM marjie wrote:

My sister lives in the States (I am in Canada) and she sent me up a bottle of Latisse.  It is my understanding that as with other hair growth products, it won't help you to keep your lashes, and that you shouldn't start applying it until the hair has begun to reappear on it's own.

My onc was concerned and warned me about the possible iris discolouration issues because some does seep into your eye - I wasn't worried about it because my eyes are a very very dark brown.  In Canada, Latisse is prescription only and my onc wouldn't have given me one - actually if my sister didn't send it too me, I likely wouldn't have worried about it.

I did notice that my lashes and brows (I put a little on them too) were very thick and I kind of fell out of the habit of applying it so I definitely noticed some thinning.  Many people's lashes and brows thin again a few months out of chemo so I wasn't sure if it was chemo related or because I had stopped the Latisse.  My sister's advice was once everything got "thickened" up, to use it about one a week to maintain.  I just got lazy.

Coolbreeze is right - don't use the little brushes that come with Latisse, use a liner brush - your Latisse will last longer too.

Treatment: Rt Lump/SNB Aug 2010, FECx3/Tx3, radsx25+8, Herceptin x18 Dx 7/13/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Aug 13, 2011 11:13PM mdg wrote:

I used some latisse during chemo but lashes fell out about 8 weeks post chemo.  Once they started thinning I started using latisse again very regularly and the lashes grew back within about 3 weeks.  Now they are super thick..I am 13 weeks post chemo. 

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May 29, 2013 05:45PM RoseCampbell wrote:

Spoke with a friend who went through this and she recommended Brian Joseph's lash & brow conditioning gel.

She said she never lost her lashes or brows. Checked with my chemo docs and ok to use.  I am just getting my 2nd treatment but will report back if I have same results.

Should start using before chemo starts if possible.

Rose

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Jul 12, 2013 06:28AM gildedcage wrote:

I wanted to resurrect this old topic to see if anyone else has tried Latisse while undergoing chemo. As it so happens, I've got a couple of bottles of Latisse in my bathroom and have used it before with success. I've got blonde eyebrows and lashes and wanted to try out Latisse a few years ago to see if I could thicken and darken my lashes. I got two bottles for the price of one deal at a local medspa and gave it a shot. I found that it helped thicken the lashes big time (so much so that they were brushing up against my glasses and I had to skip using it to once every three days) but it never did darken my lashes. Eventually I just kind of stopped using it because it was a bit of hassle but now that I'm starting chemotherapy I'm wondering if it would be of benefit to try using it again during the chemo. Eyelash loss won't be so dramatic for me because of my coloring; I've already been penciling my eyebrows in for years because what I naturally have is so blonde and light they appear nonexistent. Still, it would be nice just to try to keep as close to a normal appearance as possible during chemotherapy. What say you, ladies? 

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Jul 24, 2013 05:49AM schoolmom wrote:

My onc said no to using during chemo

saved my hair with cold caps with oncotype 21 Dx 9/12/2012, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/27/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/27/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/4/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/27/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/20/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 11/6/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver Targeted Therapy 11/30/2017 Targeted Therapy 11/30/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 25, 2013 01:20AM MinusTwo wrote:

My MO said go for it and wrote a script.  My opthamologist said she has seen good results in chemo patients.  I'm between tx #5 & #6 and using the Latisse every night on my lashes & brows.  So far so good, but I've read too many stories of brows not falling out until chemo is done.  Since I'll be on herceptin & perjeta for a year, I guess I'll keep on with the Latisse.  I too hope others chime in.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jul 25, 2013 01:22AM MinusTwo wrote:

Schoolmom:  Funny how every MO is different.  And we're both in Houston.   I'm at Baylor.  Where are you getting treatment?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Sep 14, 2013 11:44PM MinusTwo wrote:

Updating my experience.  Finished 6 weeks of chemo & I've had my first round of herceptein & perjeta only, which will go on every 3 weeks for a year.  Still using Latisse every night.  It looks like maybe I won't lose my eyelashes (knock wood).  Eyebrows are kind of thin but not enough to need makeup yet.  I know the targeted therapies can also cause hair loss, but so far I'm recommending the Latisse.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Sep 3, 2014 03:41PM Brittney2020 wrote:

Hi MinusTwo!  I was wondering if you kept your lashes and brows...if u happened to use Latisse for them too after chemo.  I have had 2 rounds so far and just thinning for both. I want to start Latisse now during chemo but I have heard mixed reviews.  thanks! 

Dx 7/1/2014, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 3, 2014 04:09PM MinusTwo wrote:

Brittney - yes I used Latisse on lashes & brows all through chemo and for a two months after.  It was approved by my ophthalmologist & MO said OK too.  Both lashes and brows got thinner but I kept most of my hair and never had to use make-up on either.  I've read one of the side effects is darkening of the eye coloring.  I didn't have any SEs that I could tell.

I do know Latisse is expensive.  There have been some interesting discussions on the "Hair, Hair, Hair" thread about some other over the counter products but can't remember the names.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Sep 9, 2014 06:41PM - edited Sep 12, 2014 04:04PM by texas94

I've used Latisse on and off for years. When I found out my ILC was back after 6yrs this past June, I started using it again every day (lining my top lashes all the way across AND using an extra drop or two to "color in" my brows from end to end). I've finished 9 of 12 weekly Taxol treatments and my lashes and brows look great, though what I have right now are definitely a result of Latisse and not my regular lashes (which are definitely gone). I have light gray blue eyes and haven't had any issues with darkening. As others stated above AND an RN told me from a training she attended on Latisse, unless you're using it as eye drops for an extended period of time (which of course you never would), your eye color will not change. 

As for your fingers, toes and nails, I've kept mine painted black with a nailtique base coat the entire time, and I strap snack sized ziploc bags of ice to them over very thin cotton socks and gloves the entire hour the Taxol is dripping (to prep the bags, fill them with 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 water, then lay flat them flat in the freezer. The alcohol makes them more pliable). You can use ace bandages to secure them on your feet and then place bags by your side and kind of squish your fingers into them). I always bring extra bags in case I need more ice and transport them in a tiny cooler. The ice isn't fun, but its worth it. I've had zero issues; finger and toe nails all look as healthy as ever. I also think the ice has possibly helped with neuropathy, since I haven't had that either. FYI- I've heard the boots don't get or stay cold enough, so that's why I went with the homemade ice route. :) 

If you have problems with mouth sores, you can also try holding ice chips in your mouth. So far that's worked for me as well.

I have no experience with the cold caps. My dr wouldn't allow me to use one because there is apparently a very very rare chance of BC returning in the scalp, so he said better to be safe then sorry and let the chemo get into my scalp as well. 

I hope at least some of this info helps! 

ILC 10/2007 age 36 (BMX, 410 gummies, 3 ½yrs Tamox, Oncotype 19). ILC recurrence 6/2014 age 43 (6mos Taxol & FAC chemo, ALND, LUMP, biopatch left sac to keep implant in place, 33 Rads, Oophorectomy & 10yrs Femara). I also had Thyroid Cancer in 2004! Dx 10/19/2007, ILC, 1cm, Stage IB, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/19/2014, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIIC, 11/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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