Hair changed drastically after treatment

Hi. I’m 21 years old I had cancer one and a half years ago(lymphoma)

I finished the chemo in January 2021 and my hair growth changed a lot. It’s like a baby hair,very soft and thin. 
my hair before was very healthy. I did few months ago a blood test for the hair and everything was fine.
Does it something normal? 
there is something I can do?

the time will change it? 
It bothers me  

  • Hi Dago.

    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community. I hope you will find it supportive, My name is Helen and I’m one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing changes to your hair so long after finishing chemotherapy.

    It is understandable to feel bothered about this. Our hair is an important part of who we are and what  makes us feel good about ourselves. Often there is never a clear answer as to why lack of hair growth happens or is slow. We just know that it might be sensitive to change, stress, some medications and chemicals. 

    We would suggest talking to your hospital team if you have any direct concerns about your hair growth. If needed they may wish to monitor this more closely and may check some further bloods to see if there may be another underlying issue that could be contributing to any slow or lack of hair growth. They may be able to refer you to a further specialist if this is needed. It will also be good to let them know if you are worried and have concerns so that they are able support you further.

    It's understandable to feel anxious and frustrated when the regrowth of your hair seems to be taking its time. Our information about the emotional effects of cancer  discusses different feelings will going through a cancer experience. If you feel your anxiety levels are worsening speak with your GP so that they are able to support you further. Talking over how you are feeling with someone may be helpful.  

    It might be also be worthwhile having a look at my new hair who offer further advice and tips about hair loss. Cancer Hair Care is another cancer hair loss charity with good information and guidance

    I hope this information is helpful but if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.


    Best wishes,


    Helen, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist


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