What to Expect
In most cases, hair grows back shortly after treatment stops. Eyebrows and eyelashes may or may not get thin and/or fall out. When the hair does grow back, it may be a different color or texture. In some cases, especially with radiation therapy, the hair may not grow back where radiation was received.
- Consider a shorter haircut before the hair begins to fall out. This can make the adjustment to the hair loss easier.
- Choose some type of head covering to hide the loss of hair or choose to wear no head covering at all. Head covering choices may include a baseball hat, scarf, wig or turban. Wear a head covering while outside to prevent sunburn.
- If you have questions about a wig, ask a social worker. There are many companies that make wigs. Check with your insurance company to see what, if any, of the cost will be covered.
This can be a difficult time. There are books and other resources available to help adjust to hair loss. If you need help, ask your doctor or nurse or your child's doctor or nurse.