One of the things that I’ve tried to google, looking for personal accounts, is “CVP and Hair Loss”. If you read the books, the literature given to you by your doctor, and visit the cancer and lymphoma sites online, you receive a spectrum of information: hair thinning – hair loss, occurence: 2 weeks – 6 weeks, falling out in clumps vs. gradual thinning. Of course, chemo will effect everyone differently but it would be nice to hear some personal experiences so that I can put my own situation in prespective. Hopefully sharing my own experience will be helpful to someone else.
I began R-CVP chemotherapy on March 10, 2008, the first of six cycles occuring every three weeks. Round 2 occured on March 31, 2008 and April 1, 2008. On March 31st, while showering, I noticed that I lost more hair than usual, particularly while shampooing and conditioning. On April 1st, the thinning was about the same and on April 2nd, I estimate that I lost perhaps four times as much hair as I would ordiniarily, prior to chemo. I haven’t had clumps of hair on my pillow, just general thinning, noticed primarily in the shower.
As you may have read previously in “My Strategy”, I haven’t colored my hair since September and I can’t remember the last time that I had it cut so, at this point, I’d be happy to either see it go or I’d like to get a haircut. I don’t want to pay for a cut and have it fall out next week, though. So perhaps it will just thin, rather than losing it all. I have an appointment on April 10th to deal with whatever is left…….and a #15 blade on my clippers if it comes to that before then.
People often come to my web site via the search engine term “CVP and Hair Loss”. Updates regarding my hair loss throughout my chemotherapy treatments can be found in my comments below….