Will Chemotherapy Make Me Lose My Hair?

    Whether you will or will not lose your hair during chemotherapy for cancer treatment depends in part on the types of cancer drugs that are a part of your treatment plan. Often, breast cancer treatment involves a combination of chemo drugs and the different combinations may contribute to hair loss during your treatment. Keep in mind that every body, and every cancer, respond differently to chemotherapy. 

    Chemotherapy Drugs and the Likelihood of Hair Loss:

    Drug Hair Loss?
    Abraxane (chemical name: albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) no
    Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin)    yes
    Carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin) yes
    Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide)          yes
    daunorubicin (brand names: Cerubidine, DaunoXome)           changes
    Doxil (chemical name: doxorubicin) yes
    Ellence (chemical name: epirubicin) yes
    fluorouracil (also called 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU; brand name: Adrucil) no
    Gemzar (chemical name: gemcitabine)        thinning
    Halaven (chemical name: eribulin)  yes
    Ixempra (chemical name: ixabepilone)        yes
    methotrexate (brand names: Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex) changes
    Mitomycin (chemical name: mutamycin) yes
    mitoxantrone (brand name: Novantrone) yes
    Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine) yes
    Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) yes
    Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)         yes
    thiotepa (brand name: Thioplex) changes
    vincristine (brand names: Oncovin, Vincasar PES, Vincrex) changes
    Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine)        no

    Losing your hair can be an incredibly difficult time for many women during cancer treatment. Talk to your doctor about questions you have about your chemo drugs and their side effects. 

    Thank you to the Breast Cancer Foundation for providing this fantastic information on hair loss caused by chemo treatment drugs.