Chemotherapy, cancer and hair loss

August 27, 2013 – 15:42

Moi, mon cancer, ma chimio et mes cheveux Chemotherapy, wanting to attack cancer cells, destroys all cells that have the ability to renew themselves quickly and therefore the cells that cause hair and hair. During treatment, one can expect to lose her hair, her eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.., Which will push to stop the chemo. Here is some information that may help to bear this loss.

Cooling helmet during chemotherapy against hair loss

First, note that hair loss and hair is pretty common but not systematic. It depends on the nature of the molecules comprising the treatment of chemo doses administered and the nature of the hair. And finally, wearing a helmet cooling can slow chute.Le refrigerated or cooling helmet, comes in the form of a cap which broadcasts locally from the cold, which has the effect of reducing the blood flow at the scalp. In this way, the molecules that are infused directly into the bloodstream during chemotherapy treatment are less likely to affect the cells at the root of hair. The efficiency of the cooling helmet depends on several factors: the nature and dosage of chemotherapy drugs, hair type, hair length (ideally short) period between the laying of the helmet and the beginning of the chemo session (ideally raises the helmet 10 minutes before the infusion and withdrawal 30 minutes after stopping infusion).

How to take care of her hair during chemotherapy?

In addition, some tips are typically disclosed all to avoid the attacks of the scalp for the duration of chemotherapy:

  • Wash your hair the day before chemo sessions then avoid washing during 3-8 days.
  • Do not wash your hair too frequently, use some shampoo and choose a mild shampoo.
  • Avoid the heat of the dryer, curling iron, etc..
  • Avoid dyes, perms and scans.
  • Use a brush very soft, avoid curlers, mats, straightening, etc..

Article published by Dr. Philippe Presles on 28/04/2008
This article has not been revised since that date. It appears in the schedule updates of writing.

Sources: National Cancer Institute (INCA), booklet "cancer treatments and hair loss."

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