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Why do Cancer patients lose their hair?

Why do Cancer patients lose their hair?

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Asked by L. Gibson, Last updated: Oct 01, 2020

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N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley

N. Kingsley
N. Kingsley, Writer, Columbus

Answered Dec 20, 2018

There are different types of chemotherapy that are available. There are some that will definitely trigger the hair follicles which may cause hair to fall off. This is one of the things that people do not like about the therapy that is offered in order to get rid of cancer.

Some people may think that it is only their scalp that will get affected by chemotherapy but even hair from all over the body may start growing because of the drugs and chemicals that are available. Some think that it is a small price to pay to save their lives. Hair loss can be prevalent all over the body and not just the scalp.

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Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway
Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Jul 17, 2018

It is not cancer itself that causes that hair loss but the treatments that are done in order to help cure cancer. People who are diagnosed with cancer are recommended to undergo chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is composed of drugs that will attack the cancer cells to completely eradicate them. The problem is that even healthy cells are targeted. This explains why people have to deal with the loss of their hair.

The good news is when people become better and they are cancer-free, their hair will grow back for sure. Hair is one of the fastest growing cells in the body. It is likely that in a few months, people will have the type of hair that they have always wanted.

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