Chemotherapy Related Hair Loss – Where to Start
One of the first things many chemo patients tell us is… “I’m new to this, I have no idea where to start.” We certainly understand! You have probably never even thought about wigs before, and now you find out you will need one…soon. The good news is, today there are more options available than every before. However, choosing the right options for you can be overwhelming!
Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. The wig experts at A Special Place have helped hundreds of women (and men and children!) through this process! We have had the training, we have done the research, and we have perfected a process to help you find the perfect solution for your situation.
So, where to start? First, get the facts from your doctor or nurse. Many hospitals offer a “chemo class”, where you can find out exactly what you can expect with your chemotherapy treatment. (Many individuals find that it is helpful to keep a little journal, where they can keep track of all the important information) Some questions to ask:
Does my chemotherapy regimen always cause hair loss?
Remember, there are many different types of chemotherapy, each regimen designed to target a specific type of cancer. Some regimens always cause hair loss, while some don’t. Others cause moderate to sever thinning, but not always complete baldness. So, you will want to find out what to expect with your individual course of treatment.
How long after my first treatment will I lose my hair?
Typically, hair loss begins 2 weeks after your first chemotherapy treatment, but some high or low dose treatments may follow a different timeline. Of course, no two people are the same, so your experience will be unique to you, but you should be able to find out what is commonly expected.
What resources are available in my area to help me?
Find out what classes may be offered in your area. The American Cancer Society sponsors a Look Good Feel Better class in most hospitals. http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/.
Ask for a recommendation for a good wig shop in your area. You may also want to ask your health care provider to write a prescription for a wig, as this may offer you insurance or tax benefits.
Now that you are armed with these basic facts, you are ready to make a plan!
Check out this post on planning your hair loss wardrobe: http://aspecialplacewigs.com/building-hair-loss-wardrobe/