I start 3 cycles of EC chemotherapy the week after next and just wondered how soon others on this chemo lost their hair, this is to be followed by 3 cycles of Docetaxel with antibody therapy.
I started losing my hair about 3 weeks after 1st EC cycle (think it was day before next cycle). I had cut my hair off and donated to a wig charity ahead of chemo and then shaved the rest, which felt pretty good! Something I felt in control of. I'm 6 months post-chemo and have a thick head of hay. It grows back slowly at first but then suddenly takes off between month 3 and 4 and then suddenly it's growing normally again.
Hi just had my 2nd 3 weekly EC I have been cold capping with treatment and I have just started shedding hair about 20 hours everyone I brush. Had my hair cut shorter into a bob before I began chemo. Hoping not to totally lose all my hair but have a wig ready for functions if I do. My local hospital gave me a voucher £100 towards it. I start 12 weekly paclitaxel next and that says you will lose all your hair so only time will tell. Good luck but good to know it grows back quickly xx
I found the Docetaxel much worse than EC, but then again I had no side effects from the EC at all, but everyone reacts differently. I shaved my hair off once it started to fall out just before my second cycle as I couldn’t handle finding it everywhere. I’m currently 2 weeks most mastectomy and DIEP reconstruction so I’m getting there slowly. I still have 9 months of Herceptin to complete now my pathology results are back.
I had week 10 of 12 weekly Paclitaxel with Carboplstin every 3rd week (today). Then I will have 3 EC over 9 weeks. I’m wearing a Paxman scalp cooling cap. I have lost about 30% of my hair on top but can wear a hair and and totally disguise it. Concerned it’ll go during EC but will persevere with cold cap in a bid to aid regrowth.