When you find out you have cancer, it’s a life-changing and devastating experience. The changes in your body when you undergo chemotherapy can be extremely tough. As well as all of the physical symptoms, patients also have to deal with the emotional difficulties the disease creates, with the trauma following hair loss being one of the most difficult for some to deal with.
One doctor has recently offered advice for patients expecting chemotherapy related hair loss. So, what options do you have and how can you deal with the drastic change?
Shaving it off – the best solution?
When the hair begins to fall out, it can be really traumatic for patients. Therefore, doctor Julie Nangia of the Baylor College of Medicine, recommends they shave their hair off completely. It can actually be a really freeing experience. Rather than waiting for the hair to fall out in clumps, shaving it off and embracing the bald look gives you a greater sense of control.
For men, the shaved look is currently in. What you need to remember about chemotherapy related hair loss is that it is usually only temporary. So, once treatment has stopped, the hair will eventually grow back. Knowing that it is only temporary can be a huge comfort and help you to embrace your newly shaved head.
For women, there’s plenty of ways you can cover up your shaved head. Wigs, hair systems and trendy headscarves are all excellent options.
Advice for men
While women have numerous options when it comes to covering up their shaved head in style, men don’t often have the same amount of choice. It helps to chat to your doctor to find out what you can expect in terms of hair loss with the type of chemotherapy you’re undergoing. That way, you’ll be fully prepared for what’s to come.
Cutting your hair shorter prior to starting treatment will also help. That way, when it begins falling out, it won’t be as noticeable as it would if you had long hair. It also helps the people around you get used to your different look so it won’t be as much of a talking point when you do lose your hair.
Overall, it’s all about control. By preparing and taking small steps before beginning treatment, when the hair does start to fall out it won’t be as traumatic. Embrace the shaved look and focus on becoming as healthy as possible. Remember, the hair will grow back in time.