chemotherapy and hair loss when does it start

Most people think that chemotherapy drugs always cause hair loss. But some don’t cause any hair loss at all, or only slight thinning.

Other types of chemotherapy may cause complete hair loss, including your eyelashes, eyebrows, underarm, leg and sometimes pubic hair.

Hair loss is usually gradual rather than sudden. If your hair is going to fall out, it usually begins within 2 to 3 weeks after treatment starts.

The good news is that your hair will grow back once your chemotherapy treatment has finished. In very rare cases the hair does not grow back but usually this only happens with very high doses of particular drugs. You can ask your doctor or specialist nurse whether your drugs are likely to cause hair loss.