Chemotherapy & Hair Loss: When It Happens & Why

Chemotherapy is an aggressive, extensive and invasive chemical used to attack cancer cells within your body. Chemotherapy cannot differentiate healthy cells from cancer cells, so when receiving treatments, your body begins to lose healthy cells, most commonly resulting in hair loss. The reason for this is because the chemotherapy, as it targets the cancer cells, causes a rapid division in cells, causing your hair to dramatically or gradually fall out.

In some cases, chemotherapy only affects the hair on your head. Other types of chemo drugs can cause the loss of eyebrows, eyelashes and arm/leg hair. The timing of when you may lose your hair depends on how often you receive your treatments. Some types of treatments are given weekly and in small doses, which minimizes hair loss. Other types are scheduled every three to four weeks in higher doses, and may be more likely to cause more hair loss.

If you have recently started chemotherapy treatments, or are in the process of losing your hair, we are here for you. At Patricia and Company, we provide both cosmetic and emotional support.

We offer a variety of different types and styles of wigs, head wear and post mastectomy clothing, as well as compression wraps, garments, and arm sleeves for Lymphedema.

We are conveniently located at 534 Main Street in Weymouth, MA  and can be reached anytime at 781-335-4700 or patricia@patriciaandcompany.com!

While these changes to your body are concerning, remember they are almost always temporary. Knowing what to expect and how to manage these changes will help you take control and feel good about yourself again, which will also help you through your treatment.