Hair loss after treatment ends

Hi everyone

My last treatment snd cold cap was 5th July 23 I’m after my operations Wednesday.
My question is…. When does hair stop coming out?
My first 12 weeks of treatment the cold cap was brill no hair loss then I went on to EC and that all changed rather quickly. I’d say I have about 20% left of my longer hair and I have about an inch tk inch and half regrowth. But my hair still seems to be coming out a lot more than expected.

Wheh will it stop coming out ? Xx

Hi Sammij1980

Thank you for your post.

It’s understandable you’re wanting to know when your hair will stop coming out.

Chemotherapy targets rapidly growing cells, including healthy cells such as hair follicles making the hair fall out. The rate of hair loss due to chemotherapy and the period of time this happens over, will vary from person to person. It may also depend on the type of chemotherapy used and whether a cold cap is used to help prevent or slow hair loss. This makes it difficult to say for certain when you will stop losing your hair.

Like you, most people who have hair loss from chemotherapy treatment notice their hair starts to grow back once treatment is completed. The rate of growth and loss will vary from person to person. Cancer Hair Care are an organisation offering information and support to people with cancer related hair loss including information about hair regrowth.

You might find it helpful to hear about other people’s experience of hair loss and regrowth in this area of the forum.

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