I used the cold cap, had 3 docetaxel and 3 FEC and finished treatment early Dec. I did not lose all my hair, maybe 2/3 of it. Fringe is left and thin hair all over, so not totally bald. When I have a pony tail, it fools people and they don`t notice the hairloss if they don`t know me, friends of course notice the difference. I wshed my hair only 2 times per week during the treatment and used very mild shampoo. Very gentle brushing and tried to limit touching and combing totally. Eat well and make sure you get enough nutrients from your food and good fatty acids. Good luck with your treatment and hope it all goes well! xxx Sunshiney
Thanks. I have booked my appointment for leg wax.
It will make me feel good.
Its great to hear that you still have hair. I know you used cold cap.
I am gonna give it a go. If it works then great. If not then great as well. Then I have to think about
the other options. My partner has his head shaved and has previously joked about doing mine for me. Now he may get the chance.
I know in the big scheme of things its only hair and loss is temporary but it is a big thing for us girls.
Very few of us would choose to have it so short.
Its different for men.
I am trying to be positive.
Everyone on this blog is so supportive and rightly so.
Start of chemo is 2nd Jan for me.
So gonna try and enjoy Christmas as much as I can.
Hope SE's settled ?
Hi Rach46. Wishing you well with your second cycle tomorrow - positive thought, you will be one third of the way through, another one done! I have a little respite before my cycle 3 which would have been due on Christmas day, so it has been delayed until new years eve. All being well we will be able to enjoy Christmas with our family. I very much hope that any side effects you have will disappear by Christmas and you too can enjoy. Very best wishes. Jane x
Was thinking that earlier. Whether or not to go get me legs waxed before Xmas or not. Dont start chemo til2nd Jan.
Decided to treat myself and to get hair cut bit shorter with more layers for cold cap.
Hi Rach46. I was like you couldn't decide whether to have it shaved off or cut short. I decided to not go too drastic & have it cut short & it definitely was the right decision for me even though it only lasted 2 weeks. I am now into my wig which I must admit is taking some getting used to but am getting there. Wishing you all the best. P.S. the armpit hair goes next & then the leg hair (always an up side!) Jane
Thanks Dawn Your message made me laugh. Think I might try the double sided tape, not the type my husband offered to bring me home from work though. A visit to the salon for me tomorrow. And yes the hood will be up as will the wind so I'm told!!
Had my second chemo last Friday and hair has got to the stage, or rather lack of hair! where I need to don the wig. First day out as have been feeling pretty rough, put on my wig and make up trying to look half decent , walked down the road and ......... gust of wind and off flies the wig! Luckily no one about, picked up wig, put hood on coat up and returned home. Anyone have any advice on keeping a wig on in high winds?
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Hi - Wishing you well with your chemo. I am also having FEC-T chemo, 2nd one due tomorrow. Started losing my hair on day13. I had shoulder length hair and found it quite traumatic when handfuls started coming out, one of the chemo nurses suggested I had it cut short, this was the best advice ever, although still coming out it doesnt seem so bad and I am not so anxious about losing it now. I do have the wig at the ready for when the time comes! x : )
Lilyput/SML with you. 2nd chemo Friday, hair loss day 14 or so, getting worse. Wig fitting today after 4 sessions gone for something totally differnt. Met a lovely lady at yoga today who was diagnosed in Feb so now over the worst. Can't deal with it right now x
I finished my chemo at the end of July and have since had surgery and start rads this Thursday. I am still wearing my wig though as my hair has been slow growing back. Some ladies however found their hair started growing back before they finished their Taxotare. My friends hair grew back quickly and is thicker than before she had her chemo so everyone is different. She had FEC-T the same as I did and had several side effects that I didn't have and vice versa. Best wishes SML xx
I did try the cold cap on my first FEC-T chemo but my hair started falling out after 2 weeks so decided not to use it again. It was a bit of a shock the first time I had a shower and washed my hair to find big lumps of hair on the bottom of the shower. I was prepared and had my wig ready and soon got used to wearing it. I don't know how I am going to feel when my hair is long enough to go without out my wig as I feel so confident wearing it. Have you got your wig yet?
Good luck with your treatment. SML x
Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear but I was also told that it was pretty much 100% certain I would lose the hair on my head during the FEC100 phase of my chemo (cold cap wasn't available locally when I had chemo in 2009/10 and I'm not sure I would have used it anyway).
Mine started to shed small amounts during the period 12 to 20 days after my first chemo session (during which time I did not wash my hair). I then washed my hair and a significant amount fell out.
Then came the second chemo session and the rest fell out when I washed my hair a couple of days later. By choosing when I washed my hair it helped me feel more like I was 'in charge' and 'deciding' when I lost my hair. I know it would all have gone anyway but I preferred to deal with it in the shower on a day when my husband was at home to support me emotionally.
I wish you all the best with your treatment. Keep asking questions (my BCN team was fantastic, really responsive and supportive) - having information about what to expect certainly helped me get through it all. But don't forget, some side-effects vary from person to person.
I was told the same my hair would definitely go with FEC and bang on two weeks are the first one I lost about half of my hair, then it was continual until it all went!!
Good luck x