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Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2008 09:16AM

Deen wrote:

Hi All,

I know that there have been several threads on this, but I'm asking the question again: on average, when did your hair start growing back in after chemo?????

I'm 4 weeks out from my last AC and any positive encouragement (and "you're almost there" posts) would really make this week wonderful.

Deen.

Life's tough, get a helmet. Dx 1/2008, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 11, 2012 01:35PM AEM47 wrote:

slak - I've been using rogaine since before the 1st TC treatment...knowing what was coming my way..lol.   My MO didn't seem to have a problem with it.  I also use it on the eybrows using a q-tip.  It obviously didn't prevent going bald...but my thought was maybe it would kick in quicker after chemo since it takes a while for it to do it's thing.  So far the eyebrows have thinned but I have hair coming in immediately, but slowly right behind the ones that have fallen out.  I started growing hair almost immediately after losing it and I now have a 1/4 inch of white/brown hair on the top of my head.  The sides are thinner, but the hair is pretty much the same length.  The back is alittle thinner all round - overall it seemed to slow down and thin out a bit again after the 3rd treatment -  I'm a week away from the last treatment and it seems to be coming in again, if I look close in a mirror, I can see more dark hair filling in.  I'm hoping the last treatment doesn't knock any of it out.  If it holds on, it seems to be a pretty good start on the regrowth.  I also shampoo and condition with Nioxin every day just like I had a full head of hair.
Andrea, Diagnosed 11/6/2011, Stage I, Grade 2&3, 0/1 nodes, DCIS with Microinvasion, LVI, Oncotype Score 24 Dx 11/16/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/9/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 1/23/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/15/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/22/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/29/2012
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Apr 11, 2012 03:26PM deniseday wrote:

Are any of you on Arimidex?  Can you tell me if it slows down your hair growth?  My oncologist said that it wouldn't.  Just curious, I know that I have to take it either way. 

Thanks, Denise

Dx 4/23/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 11, 2012 03:27PM - edited Apr 11, 2012 03:31PM by deniseday

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Dx 4/23/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 11, 2012 04:33PM itsjustme10 wrote:

Carrol2 Thank you for posting the timeline of your hair growth.  I'm almost 8 months PFC, and I guess I have the right amount of hair - it might be a little longer than yours at 32 weeks (if you straigten out the curls, it covers my ears), so that's a big relief.

 I'm going to have keratin done this month, as I'm tired of my wig feeling like its going to pop off, so I figure its time - the people who know me will deal with me in a BB cap until the bangs grow enough, and the people that don't, - well, tough... LOL

Thank you - that really is helpful. :)

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Apr 11, 2012 04:42PM MamaV wrote:

Denise - I take Arimidex - my hair is growing 1/2" month.

Chemo Started 1/26/2011: 4x A/C Done! 12 Taxol done! 36 Rads done! Took of the wig for good on 12/9/2011 (5 months PFC)! 1 and 4 months year PFC and hair is long enough for an updo (only to hide all the crazy layers) - still not cutting it! Dx 12/17/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/29/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/29/2011 Breast
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Apr 11, 2012 05:08PM Jag1110 wrote:

I used to do hair and 1/2" a month is normal hair growth. Nioxin and Minioxidal are good products also prenatal vitamins but don't know if you can take those. I'm still in treatment, 3 more to go plus rads. I did hear the lashes and brows go last and come back first.

Dx 12/29/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 2/2 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-
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Apr 11, 2012 07:21PM Carrol2 wrote:

peachy looking good girl!

itsjustme thanks for taking the time to let me know I was helpful to you. It means a lot to me to be able to ease the fears and give hope to my fellow sisters.

Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/5/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/3/2011
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Apr 11, 2012 09:08PM Bonseye wrote:

Peachypie-Your hair looks awesome!! 

I am excited now to be done with chemo...my hair started growing in around my 7th Taxol.  It is really getting thick now.  It was really grey and it starting to darken up.  My DH loves to rub my head....I go topless at home in front of almost anyone....I am who I am and this is what it is.....it does get chilly at times so I will put a hoodie on for warmth...I find the scarves and wig annoy my hair growing in...very prickly.  Since Taxol...I have 4 eyebrow hairs on the right and one on the left.  I am going to get my eyebrows tatooed on.  All the nurses at chemo have had it done and they look awesome.  The hair will grow in over it and any that don't will get plucked.  My eyelashes are all missing and I look forward to those growing....hate when there is a lot of wind!  so much dirt a flyin'

Dx 9/14/2011, ILC, 3cm, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/3/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/6/2011 Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 11/24/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/7/2012 Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap Surgery 5/7/2012 Reconstruction (left) Radiation Therapy 6/6/2012 Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2012
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Apr 11, 2012 09:43PM Judy_63 wrote:

I'm on Arimidex, well the generic version of it and I haven't noticed any hair loss. I'm nine months PFC and I had my first trim today. My hair is thicker than before and I love it, hoping that it stays like that.

Judy Dx 11/4/2010, DCIS, 4cm, Stage I, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 11/22/2010 Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 12/28/2010 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 8/2/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 11/18/2011 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 3/26/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 11, 2012 11:54PM Mardibra wrote:

I'm 6 weeks PFC and the only hair growing is on my lip! Wtf!

IDC and DCIS. Lumpectomy/AND 10/21/11. Chemo 12/1 - 3/15. UMX 4/13/2012. Rads completed 7/3/12. DIEP reconstruction to begin Jan 2013. Dx 8/31/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 08:55AM peachy-pie wrote:

Thank you all!  It feels good not having to wear my wig which I fondly called Lola.  LOL     I am going to give her a bath, condition her and box her up for donation,  she served me well.    :)   I have 2 other wigs I never wore,  I am going to donate them as well.     I love reading all of your posts,  and hope you're all doing well.      It's slow going,  but the hair does come back.   Mine was all gray and white,  so I had it colored 2 weeks ago.   I am already getting gray roots,  so I know it's growing!     Even had my eyebrows waxed last weekend and had a pedicure!   Felt so good!   

Dx 6/10/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/4/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 7/17/2011 Breast Chemotherapy 9/14/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/4/2011
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Apr 12, 2012 09:25AM MamaV wrote:

Peach - I named by wig Lola too!  LOL!

Chemo Started 1/26/2011: 4x A/C Done! 12 Taxol done! 36 Rads done! Took of the wig for good on 12/9/2011 (5 months PFC)! 1 and 4 months year PFC and hair is long enough for an updo (only to hide all the crazy layers) - still not cutting it! Dx 12/17/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/30/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 7/29/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/29/2011 Breast
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Apr 12, 2012 10:56AM MizMarie wrote:

My wig also has a name - I call her Sheila!

Today is the day...  I'm going to apply my DIY color and leave Sheila at home when I go run errands.  eek!

Dx 8/4/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/18/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/18/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/24/2012 Breast
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Apr 12, 2012 11:09AM JadeGirl wrote:

I can't wait for my hair to come back - my last chemo (taxol) was 9th March but there doesn't seem to be any progress yet...where is the white fuzz?? 

This is my second time on chemo and my oncologist said my hair is likely to take longer this time to re-generate ... my eyebrows and eyelashes came back fully within 3 days of falling out the first time (I was on biotin) but it's been a whole month this time...grrhhh!

I keep telling myself to be paitent....

Dx 9/2011, Stage IIIC, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 12, 2012 02:39PM - edited Nov 11, 2014 11:50AM by mccrimmon324

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Heather
Diagnosis: 4/7/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-

Heather Dx 4/7/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 02:41PM mccrimmon324 wrote:

Ladies, This is me almost 7 months PFC, never thought I'd have this much hair again. 

Heather Dx 4/7/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 02:56PM Momine wrote:

Wow, it really has grown!

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 12, 2012 03:20PM NCbeachgal wrote:

Mccrimmon-stunning! You look fabulous, very beautiful. Nice hair color with those blue eyes.
Angie

"Keep on Smiling'" Wet Willie Dx 10/14/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 11/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 1/9/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 3/5/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 5/17/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/27/2012
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Apr 12, 2012 03:29PM Mtnmama52 wrote:

This is my first time on this site, and I'm already feeling better :)
I have my 8th and last taxol nxt tues, and between the bald head
And now missing lashes and brows! I've been more tgan a lil panicky!
Nice to see all the positive posts here.
:)

Billie Dx 11/2011, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+
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Apr 12, 2012 03:33PM Ossa wrote:

Mntmama53 welcome to us

Mccrimmon you look great. We share cancerversaty, but you are a month ahead of me I am almost 6 monts out. Does not ave near as much hair as you (blame it on Herceptin)  Going for my 6 week post rad checkup today..

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.... NED Nov 2011 Dx 4/7/2011, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 5/19/2011 AC Targeted Therapy 8/11/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/11/2011 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2011 Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/11/2012 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 10/26/2012 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery 11/15/2014 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Apr 12, 2012 03:36PM Carrol2 wrote:

mccrimmon you look great! Nice and full and bangs!
Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2010 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/5/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 2/3/2011
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Apr 12, 2012 04:44PM mags20487 wrote:

Wow--mccrimmon--so full!!!  I am only 4 months and not got so much up there..The hair is pretty short too LOL!

Maggie

DX @43yrs old triple negative metaplastic. BMX 8/23/11. 4 taxol and 4 AC finished 12/29/11 35 rads completed 3/16/12 Bilat Diep 11/1/12 left side flap failed 11/6/12 Gap flap left 3/5/13 lymph node tx 5/22/13 Revision 8/13, Revision 12/13 Dx 8/17/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/21/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/27/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 11/1/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 3/5/2013 Reconstruction (left): IGAP flap Surgery 5/22/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 8/21/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/27/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/9/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Apr 12, 2012 04:51PM onvacation wrote:

Heather it looks great!  Love your blouse!

Kim Dx 1/30/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 04:51PM mccrimmon324 wrote:

Thank you ladies.  I wish I could calm it down.  It's like a giant puff ball.  I'm hoping as it gets longer it gets weighed down a bit more. 

Heather Dx 4/7/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 05:33PM CaitlinB wrote:

Hey Ladies,

Did any of you have your hair start to grow back during Taxol?  I understand it's not as bad as the AC in terms of strength....just wondering when I can expect my hair to start regrowth.  My last Taxol will be August 15th.  

Thanks!

((((HUGS)))

Caitlin 

Caitlin Dx 2/10/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 2/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 12, 2012 06:48PM onvacation wrote:

Also wondering if your hair starts to grow back during radiation?  Just trying to figure out WHEN I will have hair.  Pretty sad since I've only been bald a week!

Kim Dx 1/30/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 07:18PM 09fiesta wrote:

My hair began growing back about 4 weeks after I finished chemo on April 29 2009,by christmas I had a lovely flick out style in it and had blonde highlights...3 years on its very thick and grows at an astonaishing rate.I keep it in a bobbed style now but need to get it cut every 6 weeks to maintain it.I wore my wig until a week before christmas,as I didn,t like very short hair.I still think the hair loss was the worst part of my experience,however it does grow back .Best of luck and stay strong :)

Dx 11/12/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 07:22PM LuvRVing wrote:

Onvacation - my hair started to grow back two weeks after chemo and grew well during radiation.  I don't think it had any impact at all.

Michelle - read my blog at www.mch-breastcancer.blogspot.com - Be kind to one another! Dx 6/15/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 3/29/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 5/11/2012, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 07:23PM onvacation wrote:

Thanks Michelle - that is the answer I was hoping for!

Kim Dx 1/30/2012, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 12, 2012 08:35PM Rocket wrote:

Onvacarion, radiation had no effect onmy hair regrowth. Mine began to grow back about 3-4 weeks following chemo. My hair looks a lot like Carrol2's hairstyle. I am two years PFC on April 15 th! Happy hair growing!

DX 1/5/10 IDC and Lobular 3 tumors rt breast, multicentric 3.9cm, 2.1cm, 1.7cm; bi-lat mastectomy 1/22/10 no recon, 2 - TC, 1 - AC; 36 Rads, Oncotype 16; Arimidex; Hyst/Ooph 8/11/10; lymphedema arm & trunk Dx 1/5/2010, ILC/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)

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