Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fallout...

One expects that hair loss will occur as a result of chemotherapy. We were not exactly prepared that this would happen to our son as a result of radiotherapy, although now that I think about, it seems obvious that it would. If the purpose of the radiation is to kill any remaining cancer cells, hair follicles would likely be killed as well.

This picture was taken on the last day of June...


as we waited for his second radiation treatment.

On Saturday, about 2 weeks later, he brushed his hand through his hair...





and came away with clumps of it in his fingers.

More came out on Sunday.


By the time we walked into the hospital yesterday morning for his second operation, the bald patch on his head told the story of what was happening to him to all who saw it.

His hair continues to retreat. The surgery went well, and tomorrow, when he will be OK to drive again, I think I will suggest that he go to the barber in town and have what hair he has left shaved very close.

2 comments:

Oklahoma Granny said...

So happy to hear his surgery went well. I continue to keep everyone in my prayers.

Donna said...

That's what most people do when radiation makes their hair start to fall out, they just cut or shave it all.