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    Doctors discover hair-loss prevention drug for cancer patients

    A Japanese medical team has found that a form of antibiotic could prevent cancer patients from losing hair during chemotherapy, a doctor involved in the research said Monday.




    Toshiyuki Sakai said his team had found "alopestatin" reduced hair loss by 70 percent when used on rats also given etoposide anti-cancer drugs.



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    My aunt had a hard time when she was dealing with cancer, so many would talk to her about it and ask her about it because they could tell she had lost her hair. Many of them were strangers in public. She stopped going out as much because it seemed she was becoming just her cancer to the outside world sometimes. I think this is a great treatment to help so you dont have to feel like a cancer billboard and only tell it if you choose to.

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    I'm always so happy when they make improvements in cancer treatment. I had leukemia when I was eleven years old. Though there were a lot of treatments that were uncomfortable I think the worst thing for me was having to go back to school after having lost most of my hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    I'm always so happy when they make improvements in cancer treatment. I had leukemia when I was eleven years old. Though there were a lot of treatments that were uncomfortable I think the worst thing for me was having to go back to school after having lost most of my hair.
    So happy you are all right now!

    I think this is also a great thing. The hair loss has to be more trauma added to an already traumatic experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    I'm always so happy when they make improvements in cancer treatment. I had leukemia when I was eleven years old. Though there were a lot of treatments that were uncomfortable I think the worst thing for me was having to go back to school after having lost most of my hair.
    Im so glad you are fine now Im sorry you had to go through that, its hard enough as an adult but I cant imagine dealing with it as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    I'm always so happy when they make improvements in cancer treatment. I had leukemia when I was eleven years old. Though there were a lot of treatments that were uncomfortable I think the worst thing for me was having to go back to school after having lost most of my hair.
    --glad you are healthy now lizzybeth!--I hope also this new product becomes put into widespread use--My own father lost all his hair many years ago during some grueling chemotherapy

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    Thanks guys. I wasn't trying to make it about me. Just remembering how emotionally upsetting it can be to lose your hair.

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    My husand has lost most of his hair, but not all of it. He looks pretty different though.

    I wish I had known about that treatment. We are hoping his hair will grow back soon.

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    Marthatex, what I've found and a few people have told me the same thing, is that your hair doesn't always grow back the way it was before. I had long, straight blonde hair. When it came back it was dark and wavy. Everyone told me that there's no way that could happen since you can't change the shape of your hair follicle. Well, chemo changes cells so it is possible.

    My prayers are with you and your husband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    Marthatex, what I've found and a few people have told me the same thing, is that your hair doesn't always grow back the way it was before. I had long, straight blonde hair. When it came back it was dark and wavy. Everyone told me that there's no way that could happen since you can't change the shape of your hair follicle. Well, chemo changes cells so it is possible.

    My prayers are with you and your husband.
    OMGosh...my hair came back curly too! All I care is that it came back!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    Marthatex, what I've found and a few people have told me the same thing, is that your hair doesn't always grow back the way it was before. I had long, straight blonde hair. When it came back it was dark and wavy. Everyone told me that there's no way that could happen since you can't change the shape of your hair follicle. Well, chemo changes cells so it is possible.

    My prayers are with you and your husband.
    Thanks, yes my mother's grew back pretty well also, silver gray (she was 68)

    It's hard to tell about my husband, he may have a little more "fur" underneath.
    His hair is dark now; he lost most of the gray.

    How long does it take to grow back? He didn't lose quite all of his hair.

    I'm glad yall's hair grew back! If you beat cancer- doesn't matter whether you're blonde or brunette!


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    When my husband went through chemo he lost all his hair, and I do mean ALL his hair. It all grew back, though in some areas I would have liked a little less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    Thanks, yes my mother's grew back pretty well also, silver gray (she was 68)

    It's hard to tell about my husband, he may have a little more "fur" underneath.
    His hair is dark now; he lost most of the gray.

    How long does it take to grow back? He didn't lose quite all of his hair.

    I'm glad yall's hair grew back! If you beat cancer- doesn't matter whether you're blonde or brunette!
    I think it just depends on the person. I was eleven and thought I could grow my long hair back in a matter of months. LOL. It seemed like it took forever but I think that was because I was impatient. Of course I didn't lose all of it. It was patchy. If your husband wears his hair short it shouldn't be long once he stops the meds that's causing the hair loss before he gets his back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    I'm always so happy when they make improvements in cancer treatment. I had leukemia when I was eleven years old. Though there were a lot of treatments that were uncomfortable I think the worst thing for me was having to go back to school after having lost most of my hair.
    Wow Lizzybeth! I'm happy you beat cancer. How many years has it been?
    My cousin's hair was sandy blonde and came in dark and wavy too.
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    Showme, it's been thirty-four years as of July 13 since I was diagnosed. Waaay back then chemo was for five years. President Nixon (gosh I'm old) approved a study at the Medical College of VA that I was a part of. It was a godsend as I don't think my parents could have afforded the treatments on their own even though we had great insurance. Anyway, at that time they were saying I would probably never be able to have children. I have two! and they are perfectly healthy. Unfortunately once I turned sixteen and chemo was over I eventually dropped out of the study. I really regret it as I think maybe they could have learned a lot following me. Plus, it seems there are some residual/long lasting effects of some of the drugs used that I would like to be more aware of. One being that I honestly think I have a slight learning disability now and a few other things but I'm happy to be here and feel very blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    Showme, it's been thirty-four years as of July 13 since I was diagnosed. Waaay back then chemo was for five years. President Nixon (gosh I'm old) approved a study at the Medical College of VA that I was a part of. It was a godsend as I don't think my parents could have afforded the treatments on their own even though we had great insurance. Anyway, at that time they were saying I would probably never be able to have children. I have two! and they are perfectly healthy. Unfortunately once I turned sixteen and chemo was over I eventually dropped out of the study. I really regret it as I think maybe they could have learned a lot following me. Plus, it seems there are some residual/long lasting effects of some of the drugs used that I would like to be more aware of. One being that I honestly think I have a slight learning disability now and a few other things but I'm happy to be here and feel very blessed.
    You have been blessed. Maybe it's not too late to contact the researchers to bring them up to date on your life since treatment. They can still learn a lot from you, especially that you were able to have healthy children.

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