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    Posted: Mar 25 2018 at 1:16pm
In all the TNBC literature I have seen, there was no mention of this timeline.
I had 12 weeks of Taxol, Carboplatin and atezolizumab (clinical trial) which ended on Feb.8. I lost all hair on my head and hair growth on legs and arms stopped. However my eyebrows, lashes and facial peach fuzz remained the same.
I had surgery, modified radical mastectomy on March 13. About 5 days ago I noticed my eyebrows were getting thin. Today my daughter looked at me and said Mom, you only have 2 hairs where your brows should be. Then added You don't have lashes either. But you have hair growing on your head, tiny fuzz just like a newborn baby.
So my question is, Has anyone else had facial hair loss start 5 weeks after chemo ended and coinciding with regrowth of scalp hair?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cheeks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 25 2018 at 5:57pm
Hi,

It did not happen to me but I am thinking 123Donna had this happen to her. Maybe not a delayed loss of all her hair but eyelashes and brows I am thinking. Although, it could have been Lillie or Mindy555. Oddly enough I never lost my hair on the 12 weekly Taxol. Not until I had a/c and never lost my lashes or brows. Everyone is different.
She will chime in I am sure.

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Beth,

My eyelashes and eyebrows were late to fall out. I do not remember the timeline but I know it was after I finished my chemo. The hair on my head grew back in thinner. My lower lashes are very spare, uppers short and not as thick as they were. My brows are also very thin. I believe the Taxol is the culprit. You are not alone. Everyone reacts differently.
I am getting pretty good at filling in my brows with powder and eyeliner pencil is my new best friend!!

Darcy
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TX-TC q21 days x4, Neulasta x3,mastectomy 3/1/16. dx's 10/15 age56
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Both times the rest of my brows and lashes fell out post chemo. This way you get fresh new ones that haven't been poisoned :p they should be shinier!
This time my formerly stick straight hair came back curly and has stayed curly! Thicker than ever, but solid ringlets. so weird....
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/17 Local recurrence same breast, same spot 1.8cm Carb.4x every 3 wks, Taxol 12x once wk. Dbl Mast. PCR!! Reconstruction fail, NED!
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I finished all my chemo and went "whew" I didn't lose my eyebrows and eyelashes, yay.  Then I started radiation, my hair started growing back on my head and then my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out.  So, it happened to me like you said.  

I am finished with treatment and my hair is coming back in.  Very thick and curly.  My eyebrows are taking a while and are thin but my eyelashes are back as well.  I continue to take biotin and that has really helped.  Plus my nails are much stronger than before. People continue to tell me that my hair looks stronger, healthier and thicker post "treatment"...  

Hang in there!! Penny


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Beth,

Yes, my eyelashes were the last to go.  I seem to remember it was a couple of weeks after I finished chemo that they started falling out and finally I had one last lash.  A gentle tug and it was gone too.  They grew back, but my eyebrows never seemed to.  The hair that remained was very light and sparse.  Tired of drawing them on my face, this year I ended up trying microblading my eyebrows and I finally feel normal again.

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11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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Donna and Beth,

Glad my memory was not shot all to h*ll with my last chemo! I was pretty positive that i was remembering about you (Donna) and brow/eyelash delayed loss when i commented earlier on Beth’s question. Thank goodness you corroborated my memory!

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Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I am in good company. I'm going to have my 15 y.o. granddaughter (the makeup diva) give me brow pencil lessons.    I can only hope for my hair to come back curly since I paid big bucks at the salon for Perms before my DX.

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I get so many compliments on the curls. But I went 54 years with straight hair so I'm quite at a loss on what to do with the mop on my head. I'm not really complaining, I'm grateful for everything these days, even the huge mess of curls on humid days.
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/17 Local recurrence same breast, same spot 1.8cm Carb.4x every 3 wks, Taxol 12x once wk. Dbl Mast. PCR!! Reconstruction fail, NED!
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My eyebrows and eyelashes also fell out just as I'd finished treatment (I had A/C followed by Taxol), but very soon after new ones started growing in. My theory is that the eyebrows and eyelashes die earlyl on but stay stuck in the follicles during treatment. Then, when you finish treatment and the new ones start growing in, they push out the dead ones. Just my pet theory.
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