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Cancer. The word alone creates fear and confusion.
Cancer patients face not only the uncertainty of their
disease, but also the anxiety of treatment—particularly hair
loss. This article provides facts about the relationship
between chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hair loss. Its
aim is to provide you with the information you need, using
non-medical language, to understand what is happening to
your hair, and why.
Hair grows from the root, from the hair follicle, where a
constant process of cell division occurs. Amino acids taken
from blood feeding the follicle join with dividing cells,
resulting in cell chains. Eventually these cell chains link
up with one another, resulting in a long fiber. At this
point, the nucleus of the original cell is dead, and the
amino acids have formed into a hard keratin.
Keratin is a protein, and it is the substance our hair and
nails are made from. It is a lifeless substance that results
from the “pushing” of newly forming cells in the follicle.
As the keratin protein is pushed out, our hair grows from
the root. The growth of our hair follows a cyclical pattern
that is one of the body’s most active “growing” processes:
building shafts of hair for a period of time, and then
Cancer is a condition of uncontrolled cell growth.
Anti-cancer drug administration aims to reduce or stop this
process. However, anti-cancer drugs act on both normal and
cancerous cells, and are most likely to destroy cells that
reproduce quickly. Follicles divide rapidly, which is why
they are affected by chemotherapy. At any one time, about
85% of follicles are reproducing.
Because a variety of drugs are used for chemotherapy
treatment, hair loss depends upon the type prescribed and
the dosage. Not all chemotherapy causes hair loss and,
except in rare instances, the loss is temporary. When
treatment is completed, the hair follicles will resume
processing amino acids from your blood and creating new hair
Radiation therapy employs high-energy rays to inhibit the
growth and division of cancer cells. It destroys all cells’
ability to grow and multiply in the area of application;
however, cancer cells are more sensitive to radiation than
normal cells. If treatment is applied as a cancer cell is
about to reproduce it will prevent the cell from doing so,
and the cell will die. Still, radiation therapy can
sometimes affect normal tissue, causing side effects. One
possible result of treatments to the head and neck is hair
loss. Some or all of your hair in the area being treated may
be lost. But, in most cases, hair growth will resume at the
end of the treatment cycle.
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Human Hair Wigs
There are several options for dealing with hair loss once it
occurs. You may choose to cover your head with a hat, scarf
or turban. Or, you may choose to replace your hair either
with a medical human hair wig or a prosthetic.
If you choose to replace your hair, you’ll be happy to know
that fake-looking wigs are a thing of the past. New
technologies have made both human hair wigs and synthetic
wigs appear highly realistic because they can be fitted to
the shape of your head. European Human hair wigs are
typically more expensive and require more maintenance.
Synthetic wigs are less expensive (although some special
models are more expensive), and are easier to style and
wash. Synthetic wigs also dry more quickly, and require less
Insurance Coverage for a Medical Wig
A human hair wig or hair prosthesis is often considered a
tax-deductible medical expense. Contact your accountant or
insurance agent to inquire if your system can be deducted.
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consultation, we can determine if you are a
candidate for hair transplantation or if you
will benefit from a hair loss prevention
treatment program. We will discuss your
specific goals for your appearance, review
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the various levels that can be achieved with
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