According to a recent study, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States, as well as 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. If you are preparing to undergo chemotherapy treatment, it’s important to know what lies ahead. Discover what to expect regarding hair loss and breast cancer treatment.
Why Hair Loss Occurs
The Mayo Clinic defines chemotherapy as “powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells.” Unfortunately for cancer patients, chemotherapy drugs also attack other healthy cells in your body, such as the hair roots. The rate of hair loss depends on a variety of factors, and it affects each patient differently as a result. Hair loss can occur all over the body, but most commonly occurs on the scalp and face.
What to Expect
Typically, hair begins to fall out two to four weeks after treatment begins. You may lose the hair in large clumps, or the hair loss could be more gradual. You may notice more hair in your brush or the shower drain and your scalp may feel sensitive to the touch. Women with chemotherapy-induced hair loss commonly experience emotional symptoms as well. This is the time to seek the help of a friend, professional, or wig specialist.
The best way to handle chemotherapy hair loss is to make plans before treatment begins. Avoid bleaching, coloring, or perming your hair as this can weaken the follicles. Consider air drying after a shower to avoid excess heat, and avoid curling or straightening your hair. Consider cutting your hair a shorter length to make the transition easier, and start planning for ways to cover your hair (if you wish to do so).
Schedule a Professional Wig Consultation
If you are losing your hair as a result of breast cancer treatment, call Wigs and Hair Solutions!
Bonnie Grauer, the owner of Wigs and Hair Solutions, has been a breast cancer survivor for 11 years and is invigorated by helping cancer patients and hair loss sufferers feel confident through her wig services. She has also previously owned Symmetry Hair Studio, where she acquired 25 years of experience in wigs and hair loss solutions.
At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. We specialize in human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, or is medically-related, Bonnie will be able to create the look you want with a high-quality wig, topper, or partial piece.
To schedule a private initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can visit us online or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.