Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in America (behind skin cancer). According to Breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. While there are too many factors at play to really narrow the causes, some scientists speculate that genes and lifestyle factors play a role.
Traditional treatment for breast cancer can involve a combo of chemotherapy and sometimes radiation to destroy the cancer cells. First, radiation is never an option for left-breast cancer patients, as this could severely damage their heart. As for chemo? Chemo destroys anything that rapidly divides at the molecular level. This includes cancer cells, but it also includes hair follicles, which multiply every 24 hours.
This is why chemo patients frequently lose their hair. While your hair does typically grow back after treatment, it is often a different quality and texture.
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 is effective in 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.
Chemo-induced hair loss
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. The rats treated with laser hair therapy regre hair 5 days earlier than rats who were not. 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 laser hair therapy did not affect the efficacy of the chemo. 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 thicker hair shaft diameter. This leads to overall improved thickness and an optimized hair growth cycle. It may be possible to prevent or reverse Chemo-induced hair loss using these same principles.
Breast cancer patients
Sending breast cancer patients to expensive and inconvenient laser hair therapy clinics is usually not an option. It can conflict with their medical treatment schedules and aggravate psychological stress and physical exhaustion. Not to mention it unnecessarily compromises their weakened immune systems with an increased risk of virus exposure. On the other hand, at-home laser hair therapy devices do not disrupt compliance or decrease treatment efficacy. With this approach,you can potentially reverse chemotherapy-induced hair loss faster. Or, best of all, you may be able to avoid it altogether.
The Theradome LH80 PRO is the world’s most technologically advanced laser hair therapy device. And, patients can use it in the comfort and privacy of their home. Developed by a former NASA scientist, the Theradome relies solely on science and cutting edge technology. Its revolutionary approach treats hair loss at a cellular level. It is also ultra-convenient since it’s hands-free and cordless. Treatment sessions are timed automatically and a voice over lets you know when your sessions are over.
FDA trials have proven that wearing the Theradome helmetis 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, if you wish to explore this option, make sure to talk to your oncologist! And let us know if you have any questions!