Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
Simple tips for coping with the nausea, fatigue, and hair loss that can accompany chemotherapy.
Last in the Terrible Triad: Hair Loss From Chemotherapy
Hair loss is the third of the infamous side effects people often associate
with chemo. Though the core chemo drugs for lung cancer, cisplatin and
carboplatin, don't usually cause this problem, other drugs used in combination
with them may cause hair loss.
To help lessen hair loss from chemotherapy:
- Use a gentle shampoo.
- Set your hair dryer on low heat.
- Don't set your hair with brush rollers.
- Avoid chemical or heat processes on your hair.
How you deal with hair loss depends on your personal style. Some go for the
bald look. Others wear a scarf, bandana, or cap.
Wigs and hairpieces are an option, too. To find a wig that closely matches
their normal hairstyle, some people choose a wig prior to losing their hair.
Ask your doctor to write you a prescription for a "hair prosthesis" and
insurance may cover part or all of the cost of a wig.
Coping with chemotherapy's side affects can seem daunting, but with
knowledge and maybe a little experimentation, you can cope -- and thrive.