Hair loss, also called alopecia, is a potential side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Hair loss may occur throughout the body, including the head, face, arms, legs, underarms, and pubic area. Hair may fall out entirely, gradually, or in sections. In some cases, hair will simply become thin—sometimes unnoticeably—and may become duller or dryer. Hair loss related to cancer treatment is usually temporary. Most of the time, hair will grow back.
Relieving side effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment. Treatment to manage side effects is called symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care. Talk with your health care team about managing or coping with hair loss from cancer treatment.