A cancer diagnosis involving you or a loved one can bring up so many different emotions. It can be numbing, it can cause great sorrow, and sometimes it will trigger great anger. Coping with cancer means that your life is going to change in so many different ways. One particularly difficult part of a cancer diagnosis has to do with hair loss as one of the side effects of medications used to fight the disease. RHRLI specializes in hair loss, and we know that cancer patients often lose their hair during treatment. We understand how difficult it is to deal with cancer and hair loss.
What Cancer Treatments Cause Hair Loss?
According to cancer.net, hair loss can be a side effect of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow/stem cell transplants. Hair loss is not limited to the head. Chemotherapy patients will see hair loss throughout the body including face, arms, and legs.
Some Chemotherapy Drugs That Can Cause Hair Loss
Generally speaking, radiation patients will only see hair loss where the radiation is aimed so your hair loss will depend on how much radiation treatment you undergo. In some cases, that involve large doses of radiation, you may lose your hair permanently.
Coping with Hair Loss
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, coping with hair loss is one of the most challenging adjustments for cancer patients to make. It is one of the most visible signs of the disease. Patients who feel self-conscious about going out with noticeable hair loss should consider asking a close friend or family member to accompany them on outings until they feel more comfortable on their own.
One way to make things easier is to plan for common questions people may ask. If somebody asks a question about your appearance that you don’t feel like answering, you have the right to say, “This is a hard subject for me to talk about.” A cancer support group can be a tremendous source of help. It’s good to know that you’re not alone and to be able to interact with others who have a better understanding of what you may be going through.
RHRLI Gives Each Patient the Care They Deserve
If you’re experiencing hair loss due to your cancer treatment, RHRLI has a minimally invasive permanent hair loss solution called the ARTAS® robotic hair transplant system. It uses state-of-the-art technology to transfer donor hairs to where they’re needed giving you the healthiest head of hair you can find. RHRLI can transform your appearance and ARTAS® can be a weapon in helping cancer patients wrestling with their illness.
RHRLI gives each patient the best care possible. Our board-certified surgeon Baiju Gohil M.D., will consult with you individually and only performs one procedure per day. We believe in answering questions and providing the highest quality individualized care. To learn more about ARTAS® and RHRLI, contact us today.