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  • 1.  Alopecia

    Posted 08-14-2019 15:36

    Hi Everyone,

     Has anyone had any experience with a patient that received Chemotherapy over a year ago still does not have all their hair very patchy bald spots?

  • 2.  RE: Alopecia

    Posted 08-17-2019 10:12
    Hi Shannon,
    Yes, I've had patients with the same experiences post chemotherapy, sometimes it's longer than a year post treatment.
    I often wonder if it's not exclusively related to chemotherapy administration, but if it has anything to do with the non-oncology reasons and chemo magnified the effect? Thinning hair or patchy hair loss related to a family history of the same, menopause, etcetera.

    Darcy Burbage DNP AOCN
    Supportive and Palliative Care Nurse Navigator
    Newark DE

  • 3.  RE: Alopecia

    Posted 08-21-2019 16:23

    Thank you so much for the information it was very helpful.

  • 4.  RE: Alopecia

    Posted 08-22-2019 09:43
    I once heard that a patient had sued a hospital because their hair had not grown back and they were told it would. I am always careful to say that hair loss is usually temporary, and will likely grow back within 6 months to 1 year. I also warn that the hair might be different, e.g., patchy, different texture, different colour.

    [Nancy Lee] [Brown] [RN]
    [Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology Palliative Care]
    [Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital]
    [Mississauga] [ON]
    [905-813-1100 x 5949]