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Side Effects of
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Incontinence - Urinary
Dryness of the Mouth
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Nausea & Vomiting
Spinal Cord Compression
Shortness of Breath
Sleep Problems (Insomnia/Oversleeping)
Symptom and Description Alopecia,
or hair loss, occurs with certain chemotherapy drugs that have a
good chance of causing hair loss. Hair loss can begin 10 to 21
days after drugs are begun, with total loss in 1 to 2 months.
Hair on your head is often lost first, but hair over the entire
body can be lost. If a wig is to be used, it is important to be
fitted for a wig right away. Regrowth may begin while you are
still on chemotherapy, although it will be slow. Full regrowth
happens when chemotherapy is finished.
Learning Needs You may need to learn to protect your
scalp and skin with head covers and skin protection factor (SPF)
products. You will need to learn when to expect hair loss, how
it may happen, and where to go to find a wig or other acceptable
Prevention Stopping hair loss may be impossible. Your
doctor or nurse may be able to describe some measures that can
slow or lessen the loss of hair. These are not always
successful, however, and may be used less with some drugs.
Prevention of hair loss may be difficult because chemotherapy
drugs are meant to reach throughout your body via the blood.
When this occurs, we cannot stop them from reaching hair cells.
- Think about getting a wig, hat, or scarf early in your
treatment schedule, before you lose your hair.
- Remember that skin suddenly exposed can be sensitive and
must be protected.
- Always remember that hair loss is a temporary side effect
- Hair loss may change the way you feel about yourself. If
your feelings are stopping you from doing important things,
share them with your doctor or nurse.
Follow-up The American Cancer Society offers "Look
Good, Feel Better" classes for people who have hair loss
during cancer treatment. There is a lot of information to help
you to cope during this difficult time in your life. Discuss
with your doctor or nurse at least each cycle of therapy how you
are coping with hair loss while on treatment.