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Your specialist in skin diseases offers tailored hair loss treatment solutions for cancer patients in IL
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
Dermatology Specialists of Illinois understands that restoring your hair following cancer treatment is also about restoring a sense of “normalcy.” A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Khanna has many safe skin disease solutions, as well as specialized knowledge of products and techniques for many conditions affecting hair, including hair loss treatment for cancer patients in Algonquin.
Your journey to health
Treatments such as chemotherapy don’t distinguish between cancer cells and other types of cells that grow rapidly, such as your hair. Since your scalp’s strands are in an active growth phase more than other types of hairs, chemotherapy often affects your hair. From a little thinning to complete baldness, the degree of hair loss depends on the drug and dose used. Some drugs are more likely to cause hair loss than others.
The effects of radiation are limited to the area where treatment is administered. This hair loss is site and dose dependent.
Chemo temporarily affects your hair, and hairs can grow back following radiation treatment. Meanwhile, we work with you and your clinical care team and stylist to relieve stress associated with this visible side effect of cancer treatment.
TLC for your locks
There is no product or procedure that prevents this type of hair loss, which usually occurs within the first few weeks of chemo or radiation therapy. It’s generally advised to work with a stylist or wig specialist beforehand to obtain hair you’re comfortable with and that looks natural, if you so choose. As your dermatologist partner, we’ll develop a longer-term management plan. Our team is adept at:
Guiding patients through how to maintain and care for their scalp and remaining hair during wig use and cancer treatments
Offering suggestions to help with wig comfort, and scalp protection
Monitoring and aiding with changes such as texture that occur as hair grows back, typically three to six months post-treatment
Tailoring products and medications to support hair repair and regrowth
Hair loss can be traumatic, regardless of the cause. But cancer treatment-related causes present additional considerations. We’ll walk you through every step of recovery. Call 844-307-7546.