Breast cancer is the second cancer (after skin cancer) with which American women are diagnosed. According to the reputable, non-profit organization Breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during the course of her life. While there are too many factors at play to really narrow the causes, some scientists speculate that genes and lifestyle factors can sometimes play a role.
Traditional treatment for breast cancer can involve a combo of chemotherapy and sometimes even radiation in an attempt to destroy the presence of cancer cells. First, radiation is never an option for left-breast cancer patients, as this could severely damage their heart. As for chemo? Chemo involves the destruction of anything that’s rapidly dividing on a molecular level, such as deleterious cancer cells. Unfortunately, anything “rapidly dividing” also implies hair follicles, which multiply every 24 hours or so. This is why chemo patients frequently lose their hair. Hair usually grows back after the end of treatment, but its quality and texture is often inferior to its original state of luxuriousness.
The good news is that first of all, today’s advancing technologies are such that thorough screenings and regular medical check-ups can help anyone concerned about breast cancer– either for prevention or early detection. Early detection means much greater chances of remission. And anyone horrified at the prospect of losing hair could potentially also address this problem. Current standard options for fighting chemo-induced hair loss can be incommodious, but much more effective (and less-invasive!) methods point to the use of laser hair therapy.
Laser hair therapy is a new, advanced natural solution to hair loss that can be effective at treating alopecia (the medical term for hair loss) in both genders with no side effects. Its applications are becoming more and more popular around the globe: hair loss experts, scientists, and physicians are publishing their clinical studies regarding the use of laser hair therapy for various hair loss conditions, such as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and chemo-induced hair loss. One particular study shows a 39% hair count increase in androgenetic alopecia patients undergoing laser hair therapy treatment every other day for 16 weeks.
What about laser hair therapy studies that involve chemo-induced hair loss? Here’s where it gets even more interesting. You may or may not be aware of the fact that we humans share 99% of our genes with mice, which is why medical research often involves testing new therapies on the mice family. A promising clinical study regarding chemo & hair loss involves hair regrowth in a rat model with FDA-cleared laser hair therapy technology. In this study, rats were given chemo agents in order to induce alopecia. Rats which received laser hair therapy treatment in conjunction with chemo regrew hair 5 days earlier than rats receiving either a sham treatment or none at all. Five days doesn’t seem like much, but it most likely means a few months for humans. To boot, the quality and texture of fur regrowth with laser hair therapy was just as good, if not superior to the rats’ original coat. And no– the chemo’s efficacy was not affected by laser hair therapy during the study. These results, combined with the fact that previous studies show that laser hair therapy promotes hair regrowth in most hair loss patients, indicate that laser hair therapy could prevent or reduce chemo-induced hair loss as well as accelerate hair regrowth during or after chemo treatments.
Specific studies show that most patients diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia undergoing laser hair therapy experience a decrease of vellus hairs, an increase of terminal hairs, and an thicker hair shaft diameter, leading to overall improved thickness and an optimized hair growth cycle. It is hence hypothesized that chemo-induced hair loss may be prevented, reduced, and/or reversed by laser hair therapy through the same mechanisms that are clinically proven to reverse androgenetic alopecia.
Sending breast cancer patients to expensive and inconvenient laser hair therapy clinics might conflict with their medical treatment schedules, aggravate psychological stress and physical exhaustion associated with cancer, not to mention unnecessarily compromise their weakened immune systems with an increased risk of virus exposure. Rather, providing patients with affordable, user-friendly, easy-to-use and non-invasive laser hair therapy devices for use at home would maximize patient compliance and increase treatment efficacy. With this approach, chemotherapy-induced hair loss could potentially be reversed faster during or after a course of chemo, or could simply be avoided all together.
The Theradome LH80 PRO is the world’s most technologically advanced laser hair therapy device that can be used in the comfort and privacy of a patient’s home. Developed by a former NASA scientist and manufactured in the U.S., the Theradome relies solely on science and cutting edge technology to treat hair loss at a cellular level . Ultra-convenient features include a hands-free, cordless apparatus and automated treatment sessions, conducted with voice-over technology and timed by a high-tech microchip processor. Wearing the Theradome helmet has been proven through FDA trials to be effective for a large majority of patients with only 20-minute, twice-a-week sessions that over time, result in minimized shedding, increased hair shaft diameter and new hair growth.
Naturally, should this be an option you wish to explore, make sure to talk to your oncologist about your plan and let us know if you have any questions!