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- Radiation therapy
- Managing radiation therapy side effects
- Hair loss
If you have hair in the area being treated, you may lose some or all of it during or just after radiation therapy. The hair will usually grow back a few months after treatment has finished, but sometimes hair loss is permanent.
When cancers on one part of the face or head are treated, hair on the other side of the head may be lost temporarily due to radiation passing from one side to the other.
For more on this, see Hair loss.
Tips for managing hair loss
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