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Natural remedies for hair loss can’t help Taxotere users

Everyone loses some hair, with the loss of 74 to 100 old hairs per day being normal as hairs reach the end of their four- to six-year lifespan. However, some people experience excessive hair loss. This can be caused by autoimmune disease alopecia; damaging hair treatments and styles; side effects of medications such as chemotherapy; as well as changes such as pregnancy, stress, and weight loss. Health issues such as some vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, liver malfunction, and even high blood pressure can also have an effect on your hair, causing unwanted excessive loss. For those who might be dealing ... Read More

What causes female hair loss? How can I protect my hair?

The public is very familiar with hereditary hair loss known as male or female pattern hair loss. They are similarly familiar with hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, although it is less common knowledge that certain chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere for example, can cause permanent rather than temporary baldness. Other causes of hair loss such as autoimmune disorder alopecia areata are becoming more discussed in the public forum. Hair loss does not only affect men. The American Hair Loss Association says, “Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss ... Read More

Community supports little girl with alopecia

There are many reasons people suffer from hair loss. They all face both the emotional consequences as well as the high cost of treatments or wigs. Some experience hereditary hair loss which is often associated with age and known as pattern hair loss. This affects both men and women. Some suffer hair loss as a result of toxic drugs, such as during chemotherapy. This is usually expected to be a short term side effect. But for some, such as a growing number of those who have used chemotherapy drug Taxotere, they have found that their hair did not grow back ... Read More

Alopecia story inspires girls to donate hair for children’s wigs

September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month where many who suffer from the autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, often beginning in childhood, are reaching out to their families, friends and communities and telling their stories with the hopes of raising awareness and support for those who face the challenges of this disease. There is, as of yet, no cure for alopecia areata. One young woman in Northern Ireland heard just such a story and was inspired to do something. Agriland reports on what happened when Nicola Edgar (24 years old) watched a local documentary about hair loss and spoke to ... Read More

Hair loss stories from everyday women bravely speaking up

In honor of August being National Hair Loss Awareness Month, TODAY addresses an important issue that isn’t often discussed — female hair loss. The month is set aside to help raise awareness of a condition that deeply impacts the emotions and self-esteem of both men and women, but for women it can be more difficult as our culture is less accepting of female hair loss. “For a man to have a bald head or even a shaved head, it’s so common. For women, there’s still a lot of social stigma to it and it’s tougher to accomplish that confidently,” Dr. ... Read More

Taxotere Plaintiffs call for Sanofi sanctions

The National Law Journal reports that plaintiffs’ attorneys in the federal Taxotere multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana, which as of May 15 included more than 1,000 lawsuits, filed a motion on May 30 saying that Sanofi should be sanctioned for a motion it filed in April. Sanctions are penalties or other means of enforcement imposed by judges for violation of a court rule, meant to provide incentives for obedience with the law and to maintain both order and fairness in court. Sanofi attorneys asked a federal judge to look into possible third-party funding of the litigation, which accuses the company ... Read More

Did You Know Certain Types of Hair Loss May Be Avoided?

Hair loss, especially for women, can be emotionally devastating, as hair greatly affects appearance, which is often tied to self esteem. Even more so when the hair loss could have been avoided. Nearly a thousand cancer patients who took the chemotherapy drug Taxotere are suing drug-maker Sanofi-Aventis, saying the drug company did not give them the information they needed about the drug’s side effects to make an informed decision about which chemotherapy drug to use for treatment. “I have no doubt that, had I been told that Taxotere had a chance of permanent baldness, I would have selected Taxol. I ... Read More

Henna art brings courage and hope to women with cancer-related hair-loss

Since the now closed organization Henna Heals began raising awareness about “Henna Crowns” in 2010 henna artists around the world have begun to use their skills to serve women who have suffered hair loss due to chemotherapy by designing beautiful and inspiring temporary henna tattoos for women to wear proudly instead of covering up their heads with scarves or hats or wigs. Some women dealing with cancer find the emotional aspect of hair loss difficult to cope with, shaking their confidence and causing them to question their beauty and womanhood. In fact some women even have lost their hair permanently ... Read More

Montgomery area alopecia support group starting March 11

A new-to-Montgomery, Alabama, family has started an alopecia support group that will hold its first meeting at the Prattville YMCA at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Montgomery Advertiser tells the story of the Air Force family who moved here in July so that 5-year-old Lilly’s dad, United States Air Force Maj. Jason Stack, could attend Air Command and Staff College. Lilly suffers from an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata, which causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other parts of the body. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation the disease often appears in childhood as it did ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More