“Don’t worry, your hair will return after chemo”…

Taxotere, Adriamycin and  Cyclophosphamide x 6 Age at time of chemo:  61 (2011)

Taxotere, Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide x 6
Age at time of chemo: 61 (2011)

Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin x 6 Age at time of chemo: 29 (2011)

Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin x 6
Age at time of chemo: 29 (2011)

Fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide x 3, Taxotere x 3 Age at time of chemo: 49 (2009-10)

Fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide x 3, Taxotere x 3
Age at time of chemo: 49 (2009-10)

Taxotere x 6 Age at time of chemo: 45 (2008)

Taxotere x 6
Age at time of chemo: 45 (2008)

Taxotere and Cytoxan x 6 Age at time of chemo: 60 (2008)

Taxotere and Cytoxan x 6
Age at time of chemo: 60 (2008)

Fluorouracil (5FU), Epirubicin, Cyclophosphamide x 3, Taxotere x 3 Age at time of chemo: 46 (2005)

Fluorouracil (5FU), Epirubicin, Cyclophosphamide x 3, Taxotere x 3
Age at time of chemo: 46 (2005)

TAC x 6 (Taxotere, Adriamycin and Cytoxan) Age at time of chemo: 42 (2011-2012)

TAC x 6
(Taxotere, Adriamycin and Cytoxan)
Age at time of chemo: 42 (2011-2012)

Taxotere x 4 Age at time of chemo: 47 (2013)

Taxotere x 4
Age at time of chemo: 47 (2013)

17 thoughts on “Photos

  1. I was 58 at time of chemo and my oncologist also denies that the taxotere is what has left my hair very thin especially on the top

  2. I’m a year and 4 months post Taxotere, Carbo and herceptin. I only did 4 rounds of chemo. You can definitely see my scalp. My hair is much thinner. Is there any options? Does anything help? Minoxidil? Hair transplant? Anything?

  3. I did 6 courses of taxotere & cytoxin 6 years ago. My head looks pretty much like the above. Also have been on femara for 5 years, hair loss a side effect.
    All you can do is make peace with it & embrace ” helper hair.” Would have been good to have been warned though.

  4. I had chemotherapy in 2005 and my hair never grew back. I have permanent alopecia due to Taxotere in Chemotherapy. Right after the treatment, I called Taxotere pharmaceutical company and explained what happened to my hair. The customer care representative said that she never heard such a thing and that she would take my name as a complain. Also, right after my treatment seeing that my hair was not coming back, I called many lawyers but they all refused my case because of fear of the pharmaceutical companies.

  5. I had 6 rounds of taxotere, carboplatin with one year of Herceptin. After about a year of trying to grow my hair and having to buzz it back after treatment, my oncologist told me he thought the hair loss was permanent. He was sad about it, but not as sad as I was. I was 33 when I was diagnosed. 37 now, still bald. Mine looks like the last photo on this page. Im a hairstylist so I have to keep looking my best. I shave my head like its my choice, get false lashes put on and just had my eyebrows cosmetically tattood. This has been devastating for me, but I am learning to live with my new reality. Best wishes to the women out there who are suffering from this.

  6. I had 6 rounds of TAC, beginning 2/2014 through 6/2014. I was 50yrs old at the time. After completing radiation my hair slowly began to grow which was in October 2014. It was very thin but ‘I kept hoping it would thicken and grow longer but instead it started coming out again. once I started seeing more of my scalp I began wearing wigs again. I don’t understand it.

  7. I last saw my hair in 2012. I only got very thin hair all over my scalp and no eye lashes. I tried many products with no success. My dermatologist said he didn’t think my hair would grow back. I gave up trying things and just shaved the horrible stuff off.
    I now just wear a hat in the summer and wigs in the winter. I look like a perpetual cancer patient and get people asking me if I am in treatments. It sucks looking like that.

  8. I believe I hv partial hairless spot to my hair line on my right side. I figured it was the tumor lesion that is on my skull.I hv to train my hair to the other side to cover it. I’ve used temp dye, to see if the hairs were really light. But it’s just really thin. I know my case isn’t as serious as yours but I wondering if you ladies /men think I hv an argument

  9. I also had 6 chemo treatments in 2015, 3 of them being the taxotere. I have also experienced much thinner hair on the top & crown of my scalp. I’ve also been told this could be permanent but yesterday I bought a product that’s organic that could help in hair regrowth. It’s called Monat. It’s a shampoo/conditioner combo with a leave-in spray. It was originally created for men. The person I bought it from has also gone through the breast cancer journey 3 years ago & started using the product in December 2015. She owns a fairly new store that’s dedicated to products & services for women that have gone through this devastating disease. She has experienced new hair grow in her crown area where it was thin & showed me before & after pics. I’ll start trying it right away & let you know what happens.

  10. I was 46 at time of diagnosis and treatment for stage 2a estrogen positive breast cancer. I have been living with this loss of hair for 11 years. Looking for answers and other woman like myself. Then I found this site. I am very angry that this all happened because of taxotere. I also have nerve damage in feet and fingertips. Feet are worse. I had a beautiful thick head of hair that is now VERY bald on crown and thin around sides and nape. I use Toppik to fill in but it can be evident at times. I have become very embarrassed to be in public and won’t go in the pool at my co-op for fear of Toppik coming out. I see my bald head every day and am reminded of the cancer and it’s horrible treatments. I miss my hair I mourn my loss of hair. I try to move ahead, but my quality of life has been permanently altered. Of course I am here 11 years later, but at a very big price. I was lied to by a company making a drug to help not hurt me more. I was taken advantage of during a very very difficult time. As have all of us. This sucks and I am taking action. It won’t get my hair and eyebrows back, but the company was purposely negligent especially in the United States.

  11. Hi
    could Dina who posted at the end of May let us know how she is getting on with the Monat hair products?
    My daughter had chemo at 15 and still has very little hair at 21. So looking for things which might help.

  12. I had 6 treatments of carboplatin, taxotere, herceptin and perjeta. Even though my hair grew back as it was before, my eyelashes and eyebrows did not. I have to use eyebrow pencil and don’t bother wearing mascara because it don’t enhance what little there is of my eyelashes. I was 50 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m 52 now.

  13. I had 4 cycles of Taxotere and cyclophosphamide as adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. My last chemo was 18th July 2016. I lost 80% of my hair just before the 2nd chemo; I lost 90% of my eyebrows and lices after the 4th chemo. Now I am 5 weeks after last chemo and hair started growing; it is 0.5 cm. But there are some small gaps of it on my scalp. What medicin should I take for axelarating hair growth and eyebrows and lices growth?

  14. So I’ve been using the Monat spray since I last posted in May & I found it didn’t help. The shampoo/conditioner combo I stopped using a few weeks after starting it as it dried out my hair & made it feel like straw so I’ve only been using the spray every other day when I wash my hair. I’m very disappointed that it didn’t work for me. But I’ve just recently purchased Priorin from the drug store. You take two capsules once a day & it’s suggested that you take it for 3-6 months to see results. It’s made by One-a-day vitamins & it’s all natural. I spoke to the pharmacist & she said it seems to work but of course can’t guarantee it for everyone. So, I’m now trying this & if this doesn’t work I’m tempted to try Rogaine for Women, but that’s something you have to use for the rest of your life once you start as the new hair could fall out apparently. I believe it’s a topical lotion. So, that’s where I’m at now. I have a great hairstylist that colours my hair and gives me great haircuts to help me camouflage the thinness but it’s still noticeable.
    My eyelashes came back but they are thinner, & my eyebrows have come back somewhat, although they are also thinner. I had my eyebrows micro-bladed on & they look pretty awesome, I would totally recommend that. It is a bit pricey but well worth it!!

  15. I had eight rounds of chemo, four being taxotere. 2012,still no hair. I look in the mirror and I see cancer. It’s horrible, but blessed to be alive.

  16. I had FEC-T started in November 2014 -which included three riund if docetaxol (taxotere). I also had Herceptin and am on the inevitable estrogen blocker. My hair has never really come back. I have scant hair on top and sides which doesn’t seem to grow….periodically it drops out! At the back there is a bit more but all the hair is thin lifeless and hangs like someone going through chemo. I wear wigs (have 6!) to try to cheer myself. Everyone think wigs resolve it! They do not! Constant worry about them shifting, falling off or blowing in the wind -unbearable in summer. And yes have to put it on to answer the door. Constant reminder of what Ive been through. Like everyone else my Oncologist was dismissive. I was not told before treatment -none of the literature I was given says it. The consent forms I had to sign doesn’t say it…..why would I think they were withholding information when I was given so much info at the time but with no mention of permanent hair loss. Frankly no one in the medical profession Ive encountered seems to care…..& they do know now but choose to tell their patients! Outrageous! The final insult was to find out there was an alternative chemo drug without the side effect of permenant hair loss… costs more…… Loosing a breast is nothing in comparison to loosing my hair…..
    How long are they going to get away with doing this to people?

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