A woman with a head covering is experiencing hair loss during cancer.

Hair Loss During Cancer

What causes hair loss during cancer?

One of the most common concerns for people with cancer is losing hair. Hair loss during cancer can be a side effect of certain cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy.

Thyroid issues and low iron levels may also cause hair loss. If you have questions about your treatment and hair loss, please get in touch with your medical cancer care team.

Not everyone reacts to cancer treatments the same way, so some individuals may experience hair loss while others do not. Hair loss is different for everyone. Some may lose all of their hair or only some of it. The hair can become thin, dull, or dry. Hair loss can also happen all over the body.

Registered Dietitian Tips: Nutrition for Hair Loss

Hair loss during cancer treatment can be another challenge to an already difficult journey.
It may take even longer to regrow your hair if you are deficient in protein, Iron, Fat-soluble vitamins (A/D/E/K), Biotin, or Zinc. These nutrients work together to help stimulate growth and protect hair follicles.
It is important to remember that nutrition alone will not regrow your hair. But making sure you include these foods in your diet can help provide your body with the tools it needs.
Reminder for foods first! Before starting any new diet or nutrition programs, please check with your doctor or registered dietitian.
Created by Caryn Fields, Registered Dietitian MS RD CSO LD CNSC.

What are the Head Covering Options for Cancer Patients?

Wigs, scarves, hats, or other head coverings are options for those facing hair loss from cancer treatments. Many people may not know where to find wigs, scarves, or other head coverings, especially for free. Click the button below for a list of free or low-cost ways to find these resources!

Hair loss can be difficult to navigate physically and emotionally. Cancer Care’s team is here to help you cope with hair loss and find solutions that work for you. Please call us at 817-921-0653 or fill out our online form to get in touch.

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