tater wrote:So my wife starts FOLFIRI on Monday. She saw some thinning with FOLFOX but she was also severely anemic at that time. I guess reading this post it is true that hair loss is a bigger side effect with FOLFIRI than the other?
It is, I believe about 50-60% of people will experience ‘some’ hair loss with irinotecan, however this could be very mild thinning. Complete baldness is fairly uncommon (<10% I think). I’ve heard if you’re going to lose hair it will be within the first 2-4 cycles. Some people also lose it and have it regrow even while on chemo; others it regrows when they stop irinotecan.
Mine has definitely thinned after 5 cycles of FOLFIRI, but not to the point of being an issue - I’ve changed my hair products and style a bit to accommodate it.
Best of luck to you guys,
Male 37; Melbourne, Australia
10/2018 Dx 3.5cm RC adenocarcinoma, 12cm from AV
Mod diff, EMVI+ LVI+ PNI-
3 LN; 4 liver mets
pT3pN1aM1a; Stage IVa. MSS, NRAS (G13R)
CEA: Oct-18= 12; Nov-18= 14, Mar-19= 2.4, Aug-19 <2.0
11/18 - FOLFOX x 6
3/19 - Liver resection
4-5/19 - 25 x pelvic radiation; complete met. response
07/19 - ULAR (robot), temp ileo, 1/27 LN
08/19 - Missed liver spot
08-11/19 - FOLFOX x 1, FOLFOXIRI x 1, FOLFIRI x 5
12/19 - Planned liver resection #2 & (01/20) stoma reversal