Topic: Collagen Peptides

Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2022 06:58AM

Posted on: Sep 6, 2022 06:58AM

researcher50 wrote:

Am on HT (Tamoxifen) after BCS alone and my only real complaint is my thinning hair and skinl A friend has suggested taking collagen peptides supplements. Anybody looked into this? At one time usage was thought to promote cancer cells and now some research says it protects cells.

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Sep 6, 2022 12:09PM rogueleft1 wrote:

researcher50, I feel your struggle with your hair issues! I asked my Oncologist and he stated that I could take the collagen and it would not cause a problem. So I went for it.

I put a scoop of Collagen in my coffee every morning. In my personal experience this alone has not given me any help with my thinning hair. On the other hand my skin looks fabulous! You can try to add in a daily Biotin and see if that combined with the collagen gets things growing & glowing for you! I use the powdered Vital Proteins Collagen. You can get it on Amazon or at Sam's/Costco if you have either of those near you. I have since stepped up my hair game by visiting my Dermatologist and trying some oral meds to combat the thinning hair {you could see my scalp at my crown} and get it growing. Best of luck to you! Sending good hair and skin vibes your way!

Surgery 8/26/2019 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Reconstruction (Left) Chemotherapy 9/24/2019 Other Radiation Therapy 12/17/2019 Whole breast: Left breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Femara (letrozole) Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2022 01:53PM researcher50 wrote:

Thank you so much for the reply. Fabulous skin sounds pretty good.

Was the Biotin no help with the hair thinning? I have not tried that either. Guess I will give both a try.

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Sep 6, 2022 02:43PM rogueleft1 wrote:

It did help it grow some but the only relief I have found while still taking HT/AI is getting oral meds from my dermatologist. But everyone is different so you could always give it a try and see if in 6 months there is improvement. Another option is the Hair, Skin and Nails vitamin or even a prenatal vitamin. :)

Surgery 8/26/2019 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Reconstruction (Left) Chemotherapy 9/24/2019 Other Radiation Therapy 12/17/2019 Whole breast: Left breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Femara (letrozole) Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 6, 2022 04:43PM emac877 wrote:

Hi,

I am also taking collagen peptides but have only done so for about a month and have not noticed a difference. I'm on Faslodex and like you have struggled with my hair thinning. I have significant loss at the crown and on the top in general. I haven't really found anything that has worked for me. The Hair Skin and Nails biotin I think did help my brittle fingernails some but be careful if you routinely get thyroid labs because biotin can alter those and other labs like cortisol.

Rogueleft1 - I was curious if you had any side effects from the oral meds your dermatologist prescribed? I was given a prescription for oral low dose minoxidil and stupidly read all the warnings on it. I got a little scared off by that and didn't try it. If it's helping you, have you noticed anything intolerable? Thanks.

Dx 2/8/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/21/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 6/7/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/26/2018 Whole breast: Breast, Chest wall Dx 12/4/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Surgery 12/10/2019 Radiation Therapy 12/22/2019 External Local Metastases 12/22/2019 Radiation therapy: Bone Targeted Therapy 1/6/2020 Verzenio Hormonal Therapy 6/22/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Sep 7, 2022 07:22AM rogueleft1 wrote:

emac877, I take 150mg of Spironolactone {this suppresses the testosterone which can rise when estrogen is depleted and result in the "male pattern hair loss"} and and take half of a 2.5mg tablet of minoxidil daily. This combination has started to really work. I see less and less of my scalp. I have not had any side effects with the dosages I am on. I have been extremely happy with my results. My hair even grew enough so I could get extensions to add length and fullness. Side note: while my hair was slowing growing out I used that Clairol Root Touch Up Spray {the one that covers the grey roots} and sprayed it on my scalp. It helped to camouflage it and make it less noticeable to me. Sending good hair vibes your way! :)

Surgery 8/26/2019 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel; Reconstruction (Left) Chemotherapy 9/24/2019 Other Radiation Therapy 12/17/2019 Whole breast: Left breast Hormonal Therapy 1/13/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Femara (letrozole) Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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