Hair loss

Hair loss

Hair loss (also called alopecia) can be a side effect of cancer treatment. Not all cancer treatment causes hair loss. When hair loss does occur, it is usually a temporary side effect.

People experiencing hair loss can have a range of different emotions ranging from anger to anxiety and feeling low or depressed. These reactions are common and quite natural. It can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and act as a constant reminder that you ‘have cancer’.

However, people often find that they cope with hair loss better than they expected. It can be helpful to think about out some strategies before your treatment begins.

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