Future Treatment to Stop Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment

Aug 5, 2020 by

Future Treatment to Stop Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer can cause hair loss. Hair Loss is the most common and dreaded side effect of cancer treatment. Lower dose of treatment causes temporary hair loss but a higher dose can even lead to permanent hair loss. Hair loss due to cancer treatment may not be restricted to the scalp and can also affect eyebrows and eyelashes.

However, some new treatments have been employed to reduce or stop hair loss during cancer treatment. A team of doctors at Manchester University identified a cancer treatment drug called taxane which causes damage to hair. More research is being conducted to come up with new drugs that can stop hair loss during cancer treatment. But a completely effective drug is yet to be found.

Scalp cooling is a new technique which is being used during cancer treatment. The temperature of the scalp is reduced by a few degrees during cancer treatment. Due to drop in temperature, blood vessels in the scalp constrict and the chemotherapy does not reach hair follicles. Even this method is not a complete success. But in a study 67% of the patients suffered less than half hair loss while using Scalp cooling during cancer treatment.

Some hair loss due to cancer treatment is inevitable. There are treatments available to cure such hair loss. Cancer survivors can opt for hair transplant to reverse any hair loss caused during the cancer treatment. Scalp Micro Portugal provides an excellent option of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) to cover the hair loss caused by cancer treatment. Any patch of skin with hair loss can be hidden by SMP. 

SMP is a tattooing based technique. Well trained professionals inject the skin with natural pigments to create thousands of tiny dots. These ink dots represent hair follicles. It camouflages the area of hair loss and gives a look of natural buzz cut. There is some fading over time but it can last up to eight years. It is an effective and non-invasive treatment to cope with hair loss caused by cancer treatment.

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