Radiotherapy Hair Loss
HAIR LOSS AFTER RADIOTHERAPY
Hair follicles are very sensitive to radiation, and treatments can cause you to lose your hair.Most patients see hair loss in the treatment area about 3 weeks after the radiation starts. It
should not be forgotten that not everyone may experience hair loss. You can get pre-treatment information from your doctor.
Hair follicles are very sensitive to radiation, and treatments can cause you to lose your hair. Most patients see hair loss in the treatment area about three weeks after the radiation starts. Before starting radiotherapy, you may want to have your hair cut short. Hair loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the amount of radiation received and other treatments such as chemotherapy. If the hair loss is temporary, it will reappear approximately 3-6 months after your treatment is completed. You may find that the regrowth of hair is a thinner or a different texture.
1. How Does Radiation Therapy Affect Our Scalp?
Your scalp (the skin on your head) is sensitive to radiation, especially after hair loss. Your skin may be pink, tender, or inflamed - like a sunburn. After two or three weeks of treatment, your scalp may be dry and itchy. A dry, irritated scalp is a temporary condition and will begin to heal approximately two weeks after treatment is complete. If necessary, medication may be prescribed to relieve discomfort and itching. To minimize scalp reaction throughout your treatment, follow these suggestions: Avoid using the shampoo frequently. Use a mild non-perfumed shampoo (such as baby shampoo). Wash your scalp with lukewarm water only. Avoid friction. Pat dry with a soft towel. Avoid combing or brushing your hair too much. Avoid using hairspray, oils, or creams. Avoid using heat sources (including hair dryers, rollers, or curling irons). Do not touch or dye your hair until about four weeks after your treatment is complete. Protect your head from the sun, cold and wind by covering your head (such as head, tulle, scarf or hat).
2. Do All Radiation Therapies Cause Hair Loss?
Radiation therapy usually causes hair loss on the treated body part. For example, if your arm had been treated with radiation, you might lose hair on your arm, but the hair on your head would not be affected. The degree of hair loss will depend on several factors, including the size of the treated area and the total radiation dose delivered. Although hair loss is the largest in the treatment area, it can also occur in the area where the radiation beam exits the body. Chemotherapy drugs can also cause hair loss. Also, if you are receiving chemotherapy, you should discuss whether the medications you take are causing hair loss. When hair loss is caused by chemotherapy, hair loss occurs all the hair on your body (head, eyebrows, body hair, etc.).
3. Why Does Radiation Therapy Cause Hair Loss?
Radiation therapy not only destroys cancerous cells but can also affect healthy cells in your body. Healthy cells that are most at risk of being damaged by radiation therapy tend to grow at a rapid rate, including hair cells. It can cause hair thinning and in some cases complete hair loss.
4. Is Hair Loss Permanent?
Hair loss from radiation therapy can be temporary or permanent. Hair loss at lower doses is usually temporary, but at higher doses, hair loss may be permanent. Your doctor or nurse can discuss whether the expected hair loss is expected to be temporary or permanent depending on the planned hair loss dose. However, each patient's condition is unique and it is not possible to guarantee hair regrowth even with lower doses of radiation therapy. Hair loss from chemotherapy is typically temporary. When re-development occurs, there may be a change of texture and color. It is common for hair to feel more taut than it is; However, discoloration is less common.
5. What Can I Do If Hair Loss Is Expected During Radiotherapy Treatment?
Each person reacts differently when they learn that they may experience hair loss. There are no right or wrong answers. The important thing is to do the things you feel comfortable with, to do the right thing for you. If you are considering losing hair on your head during your cancer treatments, the following tips may help: If your hair is long, you can reduce the effect of hair loss if you cut it shorter. Some people find it easier to deal with hair loss by shaving their heads before they occur. Be sure to cover your head with a hat to avoid sun exposure, not only in summer, but on sunny days! This is especially important for men who are less likely to wear a wig or turban / scarf. Use a soft bristle brush and a gentle, pH-balanced shampoo. Do not use hair dryers, hot rollers or curling irons, as this can make hair loss and hair loss more severe. Sleep in a satin pillowcase to reduce friction.
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