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Some anticancer drugs can cause hair loss by interfering with the normal growth of hair follicle cells. However, this is temporary, and hair growth resumes when you stop taking the drugs or the dose is reduced.

6 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss

  1. Wash your hair and scalp every few days, using a mild, moisturizing shampoo.
  2. Comb your hair to prevent tangles during periods of hair loss. Drugs that affect the hair shaft will cause hair to fall out whether or not it is combed.
  3. If you have long hair, consider getting a short haircut or shaving your head before hair loss begins.
  4. If you're planning to buy a wig, cut some locks of your hair before hair loss so your natural color and texture can be matched more easily.
  5. Wear a bandanna, hat or scarf to keep your head warm if you choose not to wear a wig.
  6. Apply mineral oil to your scalp to ease dryness.


last updated on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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