What Causes Hair Loss with Chemo?

Do all kinds of chemo cause hair loss? Specifically, what causes hair loss with chemo?

2 Answers to “What Causes Hair Loss with Chemo?”

  1. Sugal Says:

    All kinds of chemo cause hair loss, but not all to the same extent.


    Some chemotherapy drugs will cause complete baldness, but will not cause eyebrows and eyelashes to fall out.
    Other types of chemo will cause only minimal hair loss in most individuals.

    Chemo is designed to kill cancer cells, which are cells that grow too quickly, too much, and it causes hair loss because it “kills” not only these cells, but also other, healthy cells (including hair cells).

  2. EllenJ Says:

    Chemotherapy attacks all rapidly growing cells. That includes both cancer cells and hair cells. That’s why hair falls out.


    Most times, hair loss is temporary and hair will start growing again at the same pace as before when your body recovers from chemotherapy. However, sometime hair will grow back much thinner than before.

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