Cancer and Hair Loss
Cancer, in your body or anyone else’s is always difficult to handle and hair loss is a part of cancer treatment that cannot be shielded away from. While some people suffer from temporary hair loss, for many, the loss is often permanent. In order to understand why this hair loss is permanent, it is essential to understand what happens during chemotherapy or radiation therapy. During a session of chemotherapy, anti-cancer drugs are used and these are aimed at destroying the dangerous cancer cells. Even though the drugs are meant to destroy the growth of cancerous cells, they also affect the healthy cells, including ones associated with hair follicles. There are cases, where hair from other parts of the body, including eyelashes, eyebrows and chest are also known to fall off. While for many people, the hair fall is quite drastic and within a matter of weeks, they lose all the hair, at least on their head. However, there have been reported cases, where patients undergoing chemotherapy are known only to face hair thinning. Even though, this condition is known as alopecia, it need not be permanent and in many cases, there has been regrowth of natural hair. Similar cases have been reported by those who have undergone radiotherapy or radiation therapy. While chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs, radiotherapy utilises high energy rays to destroy the same cells. However, the one benefit of radiotherapy is that it destroys the hair, only in the area that is being treated. So, for instance, if you are being treated for breast cancer, you will lose hair around your chest and armpits only.