Hair loss is a common side effect of many chemotherapy drugs and
radiation used to treat cancer. How much hair you lose and how long
you will lose it depends on the types of drugs used and the areas
For many people, hair loss is one of the most difficult side
effects of cancer treatment because it affects their self-image and
quality of life. Remember - everyone's experience is different and
that hair loss caused by chemotherapy is usually not permanent.
Hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation can be hard to accept.
It's common and normal for both women and men to feel angry or
depressed about this outward sign of their illness. Remember that
preparing yourself in advance can enhance the quality of your life
during and after treatment.
Talk with your nurse if you have any other questions about hair
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, How To Deal With Hair Loss, can-ahc-10736 (4/07)
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
We work with the American Cancer Society to bring their services to you and your family. They include Look Good... Feel Better, a free program that helps people with cancer enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation therapy.