Hi deb, I had mine done by an aesthetic nurse who would not do any treatments pre/post 4 weeks of a general anaesthetic. I managed to get eyebrows done and healed (they can go slightly dry and flake) before the start of chemo but have been told that if the pigment needs retouching in areas which sometimes it can I will have to check with oncologist. Looking at them i wont need retouching but my bcn did reiterate that I would need to check the best time to do it. I didn't have reconstruction, was fully healed and not in active treatment so I think you would be better asking your bcn/surgeon /oncologist for advice to be on the safe side. Good luck I am pleased with the result but wouldn't have gone against medical advice or delayed treatment x
Hi Helly, I've just popped in and saw your eyebrow comments. I feel the same as I have smallish eyes and don't want to make them look even smaller ☹️. I am struggling though to get any conclusive practical advice about it. The tattooist has asked me to enquire the safest time to do them. I'm a week post op, I've had an implant and I've been told as we need to be extra careful not to get an infection to leave it as long as possible after surgery But then the tattooist thinks it has to be at least 5 weeks before starting chemo. Have you any definite info of safest time etc. I don't want to have them done and then chemo be delayed. Any info would be appreciated, thanks
Helen, that's encouraging the thought if loosing eyelashes makes me cringe!
Sue, I have had semi permanent tattooing done and I have to say I am delighted by the result 😊
Bottyboo, my mum had non hodgekins lymphoma 16 years ago. They said it her case it would not cure her and it will come back would but give the best chance in the long term, which it has. She was so ill when finally diagnosed the Dr said that if she hadn't responded so well to the first round of chemo we would have lost her. Tough birds in our family 🙂
Awh, Ali good luck with whatever you decide, I am going for headware and a wig, I just can't be bothered with the extra faffing around with 2 kids, a hubby who isn't coping very well. On the plus side i had my eyebrows done yesterday and am delighted with the result, think losing those bothered me more !
😂😂Bottyboo chemo brain is really worrying me as at the moment I can't remember what I did or said a couple of hours ago!
It's funny what makes us tick and is important to us. No one in work has ever seen me without a full face on and hair done and before the kids the debenhams beauty counters used to be rubbing their hands when I walked in, I have such a bewilded look on my face when one if the girls in work is off for a twice yearly haircut it makes them howl laughing. Just to say I ain't in the beautiful people club (i wish ☺) think it's a bit hereditary as my mum is the same. The two things that stick in my mind when she had her stem cell transplant was her crawling (literally)to the loo for a fag and putting her eyes on everyday.
I am very partial to a nice perfume also x
Tweasal, I thought I would more upset than I seem to be (still time to wobble!) Which was making me feel that I was a bit odd so reassuringly hear that other felt the same x
Hi Helly. I didn't even consider cold-capping, mainly because I've always hated my hair! My hair started to fall out around 2 weeks after my first chemo, so that's when the clippers came out. I had already bought a wig for work and going out, and at home I just went for the Kojak look, or wore a hat. It's a very personal decision for each of us to make - mine was easier because I wasn't too upset about losing my hair. I suppose you could try the cold cap for your first treatment to see how you get on with it? You could always change your mind if you find it too uncomfortable xx
Girls, thanks ever so much. My hair is cut/colored 7 weeks (just pizzed off as hes just got the colour right lol)e and washed and blown everyday, everything everyone had said really echos what I have been thinking. I don't want to sit any longer or be more uncomfortable and i think the not being able to do it normally (bit high maintenance me 😂) and the shedding/thining worrying about sheding/ thinning will upset me more than losing it tbh. I just thought I was being a bit abnormal as alot of people seem to go for it!
On the vain moo side the thought of losing my eyebrows really does freak me out so my pre chemo treat is new semi permanent ones 😉
Bottyboo, didnt have a lot to decide about the chemo, lovely oncologist went through it all straight to the point "you need chemo, but at the end of the day the descion is yours", decision made where do I sign lol. Hope your wound starts to sort itself out soon and your feeling more comfortable
Hi, when I was first diagnosed I thought the hair loss would be the bit that got to me and thought hard about the cold cap. A couple of people put me off the idea when they mentioned that anything which restricts blood flow also restricts the chemo drugs and if the cancer had spread (I'm having chemo before a lumpectomy) the last thing I wanted to do was restrict the drugs... Quite a few people have also said the cold cap doesn't prevent hair loss, just lessens it. As it was it didn't really come up as an option with the oncologist anyway.
when it started to fall out it was ok, a couple of days later it was bad, I had a receding hairline and it was coming off in clumps, in retrospect if I had the guts I know I should have got it cut short as it was past shoulder length, the most annoying thing was it coming out everywhere, very messy! I cut the length off and then shaved my head myself and felt so much better for it, it's not as big a deal as you might think and i'm now contemplating a much shorter cut in the future- mornings are so much quicker! I have just finished the chemo and my hair is beginning to grow back although after years of colouring it looks very grey!
anyway good luck with your treatment, I hope things go well for you...
There are lots of posts, threads about cold capping but for those who decided not to from the outset can I ask how/why you made that decision and did you regret it? I am starting FEC-T next week and need to decide before the pre assessment. I am leaning towards not but it's giving me brain ache thinking about it!