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I was just diagnosed with stage lll and I'm in process of completing all my labs and test . I was told about a cap you can wear after treatment to keep from losing hair. Has any one used this ? If so how was it? Side effects?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I also had my hairdresser friend shave my long hair when it started falling out. I got a synthetic wig and it looked just like my hair. It was light and didn't really bother me.I just wasn't one of those women that could walk around bald, although I give them credit. I hadnt heard much bout the cold cap. I just think, no matter what you do, certain chemos make you lose hair, just a part of the process.Now almost two years after dx my hair has grown back, still short, but I love it n it is way healthier. You will get through this. Have faith
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Earlier, we had a bit of a discussion about the cold cap. You must ask your oncologist about it as there is some talk about it interferring with the chemotherapy. SInce chemo. attacks fast growing cells, which hair is, the cold cap keep the chemotherapy from reaching the scalp. Your cancer could hide out in that tissue. Hopefully, some others will come forth with more information about the pluses and minuses of the cold cap. Last work always comes from your oncologist. Remember.... Bald, is beautiful! Take care, Sharon
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I'm stage 3 too. It is scary!!!! I did not use the cap. I didn't even wear my wig. It was itchy, hot, and gave me a headache. I wore a ball cap that was pink camo and said chemofage. I had so many people telling, from their experience, it will be OK. Everyone has their own journey. Choose want it is best for you. Today, a year later, I am cancer free 6 rounds of chemo and 35 radation. It's very doable but I gave up comtrol. I literally gave up control and came out a better person. Like the Tim McGrAw long minus the bull ride. God Bless your journey
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  • Denise Stinecipher Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was terrified about losing my hair. I had my head shaved last weekend, and I have not even cried about the lose. I'm of course not happy about the lose, but I found out I am much stronger than I ever thought. You probably are too. Good luck and take care!
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Denise, I think you made a very courageous statement in that you found out you are much stronger than you ever thought. Lots of women can reach down inside of their souls and find a quality they never realized they had. It is a bummer to think...

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      Denise, I think you made a very courageous statement in that you found out you are much stronger than you ever thought. Lots of women can reach down inside of their souls and find a quality they never realized they had. It is a bummer to think this is the way some of us have had to access it but it's there anyway. It was the same with me. I was terrified of my shadow but after this experience, we find women are made of very strong fiber! Hang in there, stay strong, march through each of these steps and check them off as another appointment closer to making it to the victorious finish line. Healing hugs... don't be afraid to "go commando" (bald) once in a while! Take care, Sharon

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