Hair Loss From Chemotherapy

Cancer patients typically undergo chemotherapy as a part of their treatment. Because chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells in an effort to fight cancer, hair loss is likely.

A variety of drugs are used in chemotherapy treatment and the amount of hair loss depends upon the type and dosage prescribed. We recommend that you speak with your medical team as they can help you understand the extent to which you might experience hair loss.

Below is a list of chemotherapy related drugs and their various hair loss effects.

Drugs that usually cause hair loss:

Adriamycin [doxorubicin] Camptosar [irinotecan]
Cytoxan [cyclophosphamide] Daunomycin [daunorubicin]
Ellence [epirubicin] Hycamtin [topotecan]
Ifex [ifosfamide] Navelbine [vinorelbine]
Taxol [paclitaxel] Taxotere [docetaxel]
VePesid [etoposide]

Drugs that sometimes cause hair thinning / hair loss:

Alkeran [melphalan] Blenoxane [bleomycin]
Cytosar [cytarabine] Eloxatin [oxaliplatin]
Gemzar [gemcitabine] Oncovin [vincristine]
Velban [vinblastine] 5-fluorouracil

Drugs that usually do not cause hair loss:

Avastin [bevacizumab] Erbitux [cetuximab]
Fludara [fludarabine] Gleevec [imatinib]
Herceptin [trastuzumab] Iressa [gefitinib]
methotrexate Novantrone [mitoxantrone]
Paraplatin [carboplatin] Platinol [cisplatin]
Rituxan [rituximab] Xeloda [capecitabine]

At Allusions, we understand the emotions and anxiety that a cancer patient feels when dealing with hair loss related to chemotherapy treatment. We will work with you to understand your personal needs, and make a recommendation that is suitable to you. We are also committed to maintaining confidentiality and privacy at all times.

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We understand the emotions and anxiety that a cancer patient feels when dealing with hair loss related to chemotherapy treatment. We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and privacy at all times and are here to answer any additional questions you may have about hair loss due to chemotherapy as well as discuss your hair restoration and treatment options. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today, please call 513.891.5411.