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Hair loss can occur after having chemotherapy or other cancer medicines. Some people find that it doesn’t affect their hair at all, some find their hair becomes thinner, and for others they become completely bald.
If a person loses their hair through chemotherapy, the hair loss is often temporary and in most cases it grows back. Hair will often take between three and six months to grow back.
Some chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss in other parts of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes or underarm hair. This type of hair loss is almost always temporary.
Sometimes, people who have radiotherapy or surgery find that there could be areas where their hair does not grow back.
In some cases hair loss, or alopecia, can be caused by severe anxiety. This type of hair loss is almost always temporary and, alongside treatment, can grow back within a few months.
Coping with hair loss
Hair loss can be distressing for people, even if it is temporary. Hair plays an important part in how we perceive ourselves and, as such, St Nicholas Hospice Care offers a service that aims to help people through this time: Headstart.
Headstart offers the opportunity to try out a range of hats, scarves and accessories in a comfortable and private environment. If you want, you can also talk about your worries and receive advice and guidance, both before and after hair loss.