I finished chemo on 3/19/19 and today is 6/7/19. I cold capped and it has worked. My dilemma is I am now noticing a lot of shedding. As In when I run my fingers through my hair strands are coming out. It's freaking me out. I will be almost 3 months out in another week or so. My hair still looks good but this shedding is scaring me. Let me know your thoughts. I am so glad you kept your hair too. I am continuing to wash and condition my hair carefully. No hot irons or hair dryers.
I began chemo in November 2012 and wSas so paranoid about losing my hair that I cold capped. Iwas in a small private hospital and the cold caps were the old fashioned type which are kept in the freezer. I had 6 FEC and managed to keep 50% of my hair. If you didn't know me you woud have known I was having treatment and never wore hats scarves or wigs. The only time I wore a hat was on very windy cliff top walks as the strong wind can literally blow your hair out.
Hair shedding throughout is normal so don't give up on the cold cap. If you are using the ones from a freezer just make sure they are touching your head all over and there are no gaps near the crown. If the cap doesnt touch bald atches will aoear. I used to wet my hair and apply conditioner (paraben free) before the cap was put on. Washed it only about twice a week, never rubbed it just sort of patted it clean, and allowed it to air dry. I was told to have my below jaw length bob cut as it would make the cold cap work better. However if I ever had to have this treatment again I wouldn't cut my hair. I could have done less messing about with my now layered hairstyle than if I had left it all one length and just stuck it up in a clip.
So glad I persevered with the cold cap as when I went out I didn't look like a cancer patient and for me that really help mentally. I only told my husdband, children and brother that I had cancer and my friends never knew because I looked normal. This is just me you understand. Doing this made me feel better but we are all different.
Good luck with ther rest of your treatment. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I'm 5.5 years NED now and I feel great. However when I was going through treatment it was this Forum that kept me going.
Hi there. I saw your post and know your focus is the hair loss but the other symptoms you mentioned such as heart racing etc are signs of orthostatic neuropathy. Did you let your ortho know?
Glad you perservered Surrey Hills. Great result for you! I gradually lost more & more as I went on, the worst was a FEC 3, but it did start growing back on Paclitaxel. I think FEC is the real hair killer. My friend is doing TFEC & is really pleased her hair is ok after 3 T, didn't like to say the FEC might be worse! x
I shed the most hair two and a half weeks into the first cycle of TC using Paxman cold cap so thought it wasn't going to work, a bit depressing, but I've just finished chemo and I've kept most of my hair, it's just thinned.
unless you knew me you probably wouldn't even know!
Hair won't grow much during chemo as the hair follicles are the second fastest growing cells so get zapped!
i was recommended to buy a silk pillowcase which is so soft! After using baby shampoo the first couple of cycles I had a chat with the chemo unit manager about my hair and she said to ditch it as it's full of chemicals to make it non-sting which is probably why my hair would get so matted after washing as it wasn't lathering, and I had stopped using conditioner. She recommended using Palmer's coconut butter/oil shampoo &conditioner or Dove or Simple. Palmer's is great my hair immediately felt better and wasn't tangling or matting. Hope this is helpful to you. All the best.
I lost hair throughout FEC-T but the hair loss definitely slowed down on the T part of the chemo. I tried to be as gentle as possible with my hair and only washed it once or twice a week with baby shampoo and Biotin conditioner. I also wore a sleep cap - more to catch the hair than anything else but it was still pretty scary counting the hairs that came out but it was a gradual loss and the first hairs started to shed around three weeks after the treatment. It was very thin in places but a strategic comb over or moving the parting sorted that - the nearly bald patches are growing well now and in places my hair is sticking up with new growth!!
I had my first round of chemo using Dignicap. I went really two weeks with virtually no shedding and then I hit the two and a half week marker and started to really shed. Worried how much I will lose. Do you shed throughout the therapy typically or are there times when you don't shed? Starting my second round on Thursday so worried about how much I will lose and if I will need a wig. Love to hear if people experienced shedding throughout the cold cap therapy or if they tended to shed primarily around the 14-17 days after chemo? Also did you find that the hair you kept grew or was it dormant? And of the hair you lost - did you find it started grow back while you were taking chemo with the cold cap therapy?
Sorry to hear about your hair loss. I was the same, probably lost c.50% of my hair. There were 4 of us on the same regime doing the cold cap & everyone else kept enough so it wasn't noticeable. I ended up wearing scarves to cover my greasy locks. It was still worth perservering because my hair grew back way faster afterwards. Also post chemo hair can be quite frizzy & unmanageable, so I was glad half of it was still its usual straight silky self to calm it all down. You do end up with the new growth a totally different length to the rest & it literally takes years to grow down. I'm nearly 18 months post chemo & the new stuff is only down to my ears, so I tend to put that up. People say 'oh your hair is back to normal' but if they could see it after a hairwash they wouldn't be saying that. If it's not too hard to carry on, I would recommend doing that. Some people hate the cap, but it didn't bother me that much to be honest. All the best xx
Thanks for your reassurance and taking time to reply. It's nice to know your hair started growing back so quickly.🙂 You may see from my other reply that I was in hospital hence the delay in replying. I go for a wig fitting today in case I lose it all. I'll carry on with the Cold Cap though as I've had very thick hair and apart from my parting don't think it's so noticeable. Gill x
Thank you so much for your reply. I was in A&E last Friday as had felt ill all week and they kept me in as I had a chest infection. I had felt far worse than after the first chemo. Am still on antibiotics and was back in A&E yesterday as felt really breathless, sweating, and fast heart rate etc and that was just. doing normal things!
I had my hair cut shorter before the cold cap, I suppose I wasn't prepared to start losing it so soon. I'm lucky to have very thick hair so apart from my parting I don't think it's obvious yet. I swapped to Palmers shampoo & conditioner on he advice of a chemo nurse and it's lathering better and the conditioner leaves my hair easier to comb. I've only been washing it every 4-5 days. I will start doing some walking once I'm able.
Sending a hug back to you too🙂
I'm sorry you are losing your hair but hopefully you are also retaining a lot of it too.
I don't know if you were told that you could still lose some hair even if you use the cold cap. Have you had your hair cut a little shorter to help cope with the matting? You are right to use a gentle shampoo and a conditioner will help smooth out the tangles when you do wash it. If you can bear it only wash it once or twice a week and use dry shampoo in between washes. Also sleeping with a sleep cap may help with reducing tangles in your hair at night as well as catching any stray hairs that do go absent without leave!
I used baby shampoo along with biotin and collagen conditioner and I probably lost around 30 to 40% of my hair. It was very hard to cold cap at times but I'm so glad I stuck it out. My hair is growing back - hard to tell what colour - a mix of my normal hair colour with plenty of grey in there lol. But my hairdresser says it's actually coming in as a really nice colour so I'm growing out what's left of added colour with a view to going natural!!
I had the FEC-T chemo regime so can't comment on the side effects of your chemo regime but all Chemo regimes will all have their own quirks - but tiredness is universal I think for most treatments - so that means look after and nurture yourself. If you can - do get out for a walk even if it's around the block or your back garden - however tired you are - a little exercise will give you a boost even if the end result is another little nap!! Eat whatever tastes OK and that you can tolerate - I lived on Fish Finger sandwiches and Marmite toast for the first week after my chemo treatments and drank plenty of water.
Sending a you hug!!
I started Chemo, 4 cycles of TC mid April, using Cold Cap, and two and a half weeks later started shedding hair and scalp very tender in places. Has anyone out there experienced this? I'd thought the Cold Cap would work. My hair matted really badly and took ages to untangle it. I've been using a silk pillowcase, gentle paraben etc free shampoo and wide toothed comb, no hairdryer etc. I guess I'm just unlucky but if anyone out there is in the same position I'd love to hear from you. The fatigue is worse after my second treatment, after the first treatment I was pretty much living life normally until the second week. Thanks in advance.