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Has anyone had or received chemo in 6 weeks in order to avoid loosing hair? (versus a 4 week cycle)

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anonymous

Stage 2B Patient about 7 years
 
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    DOn't think it matters much. Your hair will still come out. Once I finally understood it, I didn't mind it so much. Chemo attacks rapidly dividing cells and destroys them. Therefore cancer is destroyed (hopefully) because it's composed of rapidly dividing cells. The hair on your head is the most rapidly growing hair on your body which is why it falls out first and completely. Eyebrows and eyelashes take longer and sometimes don't fall out entirely...hair on the rest of your body may never fall out. Anyway, it's unavoidable and I think it's a sign that the chemo is doing what it needs to. Most of us here feel that once it's gone it's not such a big deal. It's actually sort of liberating!!!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Wendy DeLong Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I wouldn't chance either. And the sooner the treatments are over the better!! Good luck!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I haven't heard of it. I lost my hair after the first treatment. My reservation would be the fear that altering the regular frequency of treatment just to try to save my hair might come back to bite me in the future. Will the chemotherapy be as effective with the administration of it in this unorthodox way? It is traumatic to lose your hair but would my vanity win out over the wisdom of standard treatment? (HECK NO!) Breast cancer is a formidable enemy and it plays sneaky and tough. Being bald is temporary, there are many ways to deal with it.... wigs, scarves, hats, or even "going commando." I wouldn't chance it. As Traciann says... "It's the drug." Sharon
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    The only thing I've heard that works to prevent hair loss is cold caps...there are some negatives to using them though
    about 7 years Flag
    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I researched cold caps as they seemed to be one of the only things that work with any success but they aren't put into practical application yet. You have to be able to keep them at a temp that is below what the average freezer can do and you...

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      I researched cold caps as they seemed to be one of the only things that work with any success but they aren't put into practical application yet. You have to be able to keep them at a temp that is below what the average freezer can do and you have to be cautious of frost bite. Maybe in years to come they will figure out something on that vein that will work but not yet.

      about 7 years Flag
  • Angela Bower Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I lost my hair after 2 weeks I doubt that it would make a difference.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have heard of it . But some just come out no matter the time frame it's the drug .
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Losing your hair is awful!!!!! PLEASE remember your life is at stake. The doctors know what they are asking us to do is really really hard physically and emotionally. Doing it their way will extend your life. Please don't take the chance.
    about 7 years Comment Flag

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