10-01-2019 09:58 AM
23-04-2017 11:41 AM
I finished chemo Jan 17 (never thought I would say that!)
Hair starting to regrow.
Eyelashes reappeared faintly last week hooray. I hated not having eyelashes for 5 months.
Always had very fine eyebrows anyway.
I went to a beautician and got semi permanent eyebrows in January. Cost £100.
Its a form of tattooing. Lasts 6 to 12 months.
It was shockingly dark for the first 2 weeks (I am blonde).
But now I love them.
I recommend them to anyone who like me knows they wont ever have thick eyebrows again.
I think it takes years off me. I am defo going to get this done again.
Be good to yourselves ladies.
22-04-2017 12:54 PM
I finished Chemo in Nov 2016.
I lost all my hair (including eyelashes and eyebrows). Started to see some regrowth in Jan and used something called RevitaLash on my stubby lashes. They grew back really quickly (in 2 weeks) and are as long as there were before chemo now.
My eyebrows also grew back as they were before, but weirdly, I have just started loosing by brows again (5 months after I finished chemo).
I'm going to speak to my breastcare nurse to see if this is normal, but would be good to hear if anyone else has also experienced this too?
26-02-2017 01:51 PM
I'm sorry about you hair loss and what you have gone through with the drugs you were given ,however I'm not sure where your information has come from re the cost of the chemo...Taxol and docetaxol are both off patent drugs and effectively the same drug ..one is a generic version of the other.I had 6 chemo cycles last June FEC-T and lost all hair which has now returned although my eye lashes are very sparse.
Even if I knew I was never going to have hair again ,I would still have had the treatment .I am still here and think the treatment I had from our wonderful NHS was fantastic.
15-02-2017 09:32 PM
I had a tumour removed and mammoplasty on my left side and I was left with what I could only describe as a feeling of hundreds of bee stings all at the same time. This lasted for around two months I think and I have had nothing like it since. Just the odd twinge. Hope yours improves soon. X
08-02-2017 09:02 PM
Hi Janet, I'm on letrozole and my hair has grown back. Like you my eyebrows are scarce. Although they have now decided to grow in different directions. I'm brushing them and massaging them trying to improve the blood in that area. In the meantime I've also been using Wonderbrow, its quite expensive (around £20) but is the best I've tried. Hope they grow back as you want them soon. All the best.
07-02-2017 06:53 PM
I'm on letrozole and haven't had a problem with hair growth, however I have heard it can thin your hair. My chemo was different to yours so maybe that's got something to do with it. I finished chemo in October of last year and although my hair has been growing well, I'm still choosing to wear a scarf as the hair on the top of my head is still really short. If I were abit younger, I would be brave and show off my new pixie hair style, but feel it doesn't quite suit me. My eyebrows are still looking very thin.
07-02-2017 05:14 AM
I started Chemo Jan 12/16. I had 8 rounds of chem...the last 4 were docetaxel. About 2 weeks after my first chemo I started losing my hair...from all my body. I finished chemo the end of June and here it is Feb 2017 and I have about 3 cm of hair on my haed and still no eyebrows and a few eye lashes. I find this so frustrating...I thought by now I would have my eyebrows back. I am on Letrozole...wondering if that slows down hair growth.
01-01-2017 11:45 AM
I'm not sure but to get thicker eyelashed and eyebrows, let's try coconut oil. I think everyone all know about amazing properties of coconut oil often used in beauty tips as well as herbal treatments.
Place a little amount of warm coconut oil on the fingertips
Rub it on the eyebrows and then massage it nicely for some times to foster the blood circulation
Keep it on overnight
Wash it off with warm water next morning when waking up
You need to use a cotton swab moistened by 1 or 2 drops of coconut oil to apply for eyelashes.
Castor oil or almond oil also works.
This is an old thread but I still want to share something here for someone who needs now.
30-06-2016 09:40 AM
My Oncologist says it's a rare side effect of Docetaxel -nothing can be done! There is a lawsuit going off in America by women against the manufacturer of Dcoetaxel as neither they not the Oncologists had been told. Here in the UK the medical fraternity were told ten years ago -they just don't tell the patients in the hospital where I am...I don't know if this is the case elsewhere. Breastcancercare has now altered its literature about Dicetaxel so it does now state it can happen.
Much as I appreciate the life saving treatment I feel really angry when told about other risks I wasn't told of this one or that there is an alternative that could've avoided this issue with the same efficacy of treatment. The trouble is the alternative costs more....lol. Would've been nice to have had at least a discussion rather then the right to know being ripped away from me!
The se's are horrible of this treatment but they do mostly go away in the end. Though this has happened to me you would be very unlucky if it was to happen to you so I don't want to cause anxiety out there to others going through this -you all have enough to deal with! Xx
30-06-2016 08:46 AM
I was staggered to read your reply and I am so, so sorry to hear that your hair loss may be permanent. As you were not advised of the rare side effects I can fully understand your anger. It is bad enough having to go through the side effects but to learn that they may be permanenent must be devastating. Have you been told why this has happened and why it is permanent?
so it sounds as if the prickly feeling I have and numbness could hang around for some time.
Like you, I have had FEC-T, the T being Docetaxel.
I can't imagine a life without hair and eyelashes and hope that mine grows back so I guess it is a waiting game.
Again, I am really sorry to hear that your hair loss is permanent but let's hope that the dermatologist will be able to offer some constructive help and advice. Let me know how you get on.
26-06-2016 10:29 PM
You are very early stages post chemo. What chemo did you have?
I had FEC-T. I lost all my hair, eyelashes, and brows, had lost sensation in fingers and feet, watery eyes (due to loss of eyelashes), rubbish nails, peeling feet. 15 months later the numb feet and fingers has resolved, nails /skin on feet are sorted, have hair on my body and short sparse eyelashes (not long enough for mascara) my hair is sparse on top and sides at front showing scalp, no eyebrows. Been told it's permenant now by Oncolgist due to Docetaxel. I feel gutted as have to wear a wig. Waiting to see a dermatologist. Oncolgist says we don't tell patients about rare side effects. Am feeling really angry as there is an alternative drug called taxol which is as effective and does not cause permenant hair loss. I was not told of the risk of permenant hair loss. Taxol is more expensive. Occurance rates are low -6% but a more recent hospital survey in the UK reported 15% of women reporting hair loss.
So am sorry t o give you this news -but please bear in mind this is only linked to one particular chemo drug not all!! I just wish I had been told before agreeing to it as would've have asked for a different drug if I'd known. Xx
26-06-2016 05:11 PM
Hello everyone. Hope you don't mind me joining in. I had a double mastectomy in January with reconstructive surgery using my back muscles and implants. I won't bore you with all of the details but due to wound infections I needed further surgery and at this time the implants were changed. I am due an operation this week to have these removed as they contain metal and I won't be able to start my radiotherapy with these in place.
the good news is that I finished my chemo two weeks ago and have many of the effects already mentioned; loss of hair, including lashes and eyebrows; watery eyes; peeling of skin on hands and feet; skin redness and soreness and allergic reactions to some surgical dressings; numbness in my finger tips; loss of nails; muscle fatigue.
the most difficult effect that I have had trouble with is, I think, my nerve endings and muscles, particularly the area of my surgery. The whole area prickles and the muscles feel really tight, especially the muscle that has been moved. It feels really uncomfortable and it makes no difference if I am sitting or standing and it is no better when I go to bed. Nothing seems to help.
Has anyone experienced a similar problem and does it go away?
I would love to hear your comments.
15-03-2016 11:26 PM
Ooh I didn't know about that stuff -just wondering if it's worth getting it put on the tips for surviving chemo thread?
Am am afriad my eyebrows have not grown back -am a year since chemo now and no sign so think that's probably it. My eyelashes have grown back but my hair is thin on top still and very very fine. The other day one of my colleagues at work said to me -haven't you got a wig to wear? Charming!! Most people have been nice though but am very self conscious. I used to have thick shoulder length hair....lol.
So so sorry can't offer any tips to make them grow back -I use eyebrow powder.... Xxx
13-03-2016 06:46 PM
Chemo nurse suggested Talika Lipocils eyelash conditioning gel for eyelashes (but suggested using on eyebrows too) - this was at the start of chemo and she said they had had good feedback from people who tried it. I bought it via Amazon, used it throughout and it seemed to work for me. Never lost eyelashes or eyebrows completely (brows thinned a bit but recovered fast). If there are hairs/lashes there to condition it might help to boost them. Good luck.
07-03-2016 10:01 PM
21-09-2015 11:03 PM
Hi Eliza Rose
I just read your post and am responding to the part about your eyes watering all the time. I had this too and it was caused by taxotere. My oncology doctor referred me to an opthamalogist who specialized in helping chemo patients fix the problem of constantly tearing up of the eyes. He did a simple outpatient surgery (took 10 minutes) called a "3 snip" on the tear duct glands and my eyes are great now. No more tearing! Great improvement and it was paid for by insurance too. However, I'm experiencing the eyelash and eyebrow loss problem and don't have any answers on that one yet (reason I logged onto this site). Wish you well! Kim
06-09-2015 04:37 AM
Hi Smallstar.....I had treatment back in late 2007 and had herceptin also along with the usual chemo and radiation....I still have no eyebrows or lashes and my hair grew back so thin and patchy. Before chemo I had the thickest beautiful hair, along with the longest thick lashes. But alas, they have not returned, even now. I pencil eyebrows on, but the eyes are becoming an issue....If I try and put mascara on them I itch. The eyelash edge of the eyes are very itchy and sore, and my eyes just water like I am crying without warning....its so embarrassing when one is out in public. I'd be interested in hearing more from you about this eyelash growth stuff you have been using please. TIA