ginabeewell wrote:I read an article somewhere along the line that suggested that Rogaine actually worked to grow or maintain hair in patients who were going through chemo.
I figured it was worth a shot and bought the generic version to try out. I started in early July, about the same time that I was on a chemo break to prep for my liver resection on July 17. I used it daily for a while, then kind of missed a few weeks around my surgery, and I would say I resumed "spotty" usage thereafter.
Well I got my hair cut last week, and the stylist held up my hair for me - I could clearly see an inch or so of new growth - after which the hair thinned substantially. In some areas, the new growth is curly! I am also realizing that the two areas that were looking bald (I used to brush a little eyebrow powder there to cover it up) were now pretty thickly covered in new hair. I definitely focused the Rogaine there when I was applying.
I'm almost through my second round of chemo since my break, and my hair does not seem to be falling out. I guess I'll keep going with the Rogaine!
Thanks for sharing this tip with everyone!
Having your hair fall out is one of the most demeaning things about cancer. I hated seeing all the hairs on my pillow in the morning and in the drain in the shower. I wore a lot of cashmere beanies!
Also, I worried if my hair would come back when I stopped chemo because I'd heard a few negative stories. But on the first visit to my stylist six weeks after stopping chemo she said she could see "a forest" of little hairs coming in on my scalp.
Since they were so much shorter than my hair they gave it a kind of a puffy, lumpy appearance for awhile!
But my hair really did come back so keep thinking about that. It's important to realize most side-effects are temporary. In fact I kept repeating "this is temporary
" as a kind of mantra for all the skin, hair, nail, etc. problems I had throughout treatment. My integrative doc recommended 10,000 mcg of Biotin as a supplement when I was done with chemo. I didn't take it at first, but when I did I definitely noticed an increase in hair growth. You can store that advice away for when you're done!
Hey, did you start your blog? I think you'd make a great blogger!