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Posted on: Oct 19, 2013 04:16PM

Enerva wrote:

I am sorry if it is a silly ? but does anyone knows what to take and or eat to help the hair to grow faster after Treatment? My hair is now very curly and its just stuck ;( it seams not to be able to get going fast enough. I finished Chemo in Feb 2013. I cut it once just the tips hopping to speed up the process but with no luck. Any advice is welcome pleaseee

Surgery 3/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/27/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/13/2017, LCIS, 6cm+, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/21/2017 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Oct 27, 2013 02:17AM FLwarrior wrote:

Enerva, I am not sure about specific foods that would make your hair grow other than "good" nutrition. Lots of fruits and veggies. The supplement Biotin is supposed to help with hair and nails. I used it for a while. Some of the ladies on the "hair" thread used a shampoo that was supposed to help speed growth. I never tried the shampoo. (I think it is something like Nioxin?) I did buy one of those little scalp massage things to stimulate and increase blood flow. I do not know if it made a difference or not, but it made me feel like I was doing something. I finished treatment in June of 2011 and wore my wig until Dec of 2011. It felt like my hair was never going to come back. It finally did! Yours will too! It may come back in very different than it was pre-chemo. Pre-chemo mine was very straight. When it got about an inch long it started curling in the back and it grew into the craziest curly mess, but just in the back. The top and sides were mostly straight. I got my first post treatment real hair cut 1 year ago this month. I went to my hairdresser this morning for hi-lights and we talked (and ooooohhed an ahhhed) about it being 1 year since my first post treatment hair cut. We even looked at my before the first cut pictures...we had a good laugh at the curly mess I had. Even though it was a mess it was better than being bald. My hair is now down to my shoulders. I have had 4 cuts/trims and almost all of the curls have been cut off. One of my friends has curls on one side and not the other and another friend never got any curls...everyone is different. You just have to go with what ever it is for a while, but eventually it gets back to what it was pre-treatment. One thing that helped me see that it was growing (even when it felt like it wasn't) was taking a photo every 2 weeks and dating them so there is a visual of the progress. Try it. It will surprise you and make you feel better about how much progress you are making.

FLwarrior Dx 1/31/2011, ILC, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 27, 2013 03:26PM Enerva wrote:

FLwarrior thanks i will do the pic, It gives me hope to know your experience i am also dealing with crazy curls lol  

Surgery 3/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/27/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/13/2017, LCIS, 6cm+, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/21/2017 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Oct 28, 2013 06:26AM Momine wrote:

Enerva, what FLwarrior said. I took pictures too and I also went to a good hair dresser regularly as soon as there was more than a half inch of hair. For me at least it helped to have it shaped into something that looked deliberate. I sported a cute pixie for almost a year and loved it. Now I am trying to grow it to about chin length and it is coming along nicely.

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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Oct 28, 2013 10:50PM Enerva wrote:

Thanks, i wish mine grows i miss my hair :( i think i need it back cuz the short hair reminds me of bc :( i honestly want to forget about it and hope having my hair back will help me do so lol Everybody tells me they love my new look but i hate it :( 


Thanks again

Surgery 3/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/27/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/13/2017, LCIS, 6cm+, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/21/2017 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Oct 31, 2013 10:12PM FLwarrior wrote:

Enerva, you might want to hop on this thread and look around. You will find lots of pictures and support. All TopicsForum: Chemotherapy - Before, During and After → Topic: Hair Hair Hair -

FLwarrior Dx 1/31/2011, ILC, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 31, 2013 10:16PM FLwarrior wrote:

On the Hair, hair, hair - an other question thread look at page 630 and caroll2 has posted great pictures of her progression.

FLwarrior Dx 1/31/2011, ILC, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 1, 2013 09:58AM claireinaz wrote:

I take biotin since ending chemo and my stylist told me it's growing faster than ever....I attribute it to the supplement and my regular bikram yoga practice, since it increases circulation dramatically.

Claire

9/29/11 ILC, 2 c. stage II grade 1, ER/PR+ HER2-, 6/11 nodes, lumpectomy, DDAC x 4, Taxol x 12, 33 rads, Tamoxifen/arimidex/aromasin, BMX/immed recon 7/3/13 "In the midst of winter, I found in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
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Nov 1, 2013 10:41AM Enerva wrote:

Thanks i will get it today. I never did yoga but i will look into it lol

Thanks 

Surgery 3/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 12/24/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/27/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/13/2017, LCIS, 6cm+, Grade 1, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 12/21/2017 Zoladex (goserelin)

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