In this video, Dr. Margileth explains that he is not aware of any studies that would argue either for or against Minoxidil for breast cancer hair loss, and does not discourage it. For most women, following chemotherapy, their hair growth is rapid even without using hair growth products.
Dr. David A. Margileth, MD, Oncologist: The question of using Minoxidil or other hair growth products after chemotherapy is an interesting question and one which I get asked fairly frequently. I am not aware of any studies or data that would argue either for it or against it and therefore I certainly do not discourage it.
My experience has been with most women, following chemotherapy, their hair growth is really pretty rapid and by the time they are out, four or five months from the chemotherapy, they feel comfortable not wearing a wig and their hair actually looks pretty good and they are pretty happy with it and then ultimately their hair would be exactly the way it was prior to the chemotherapy.
So I certainly do not discourage using Minoxidil or other hair growth products, but I do not think there is any information that they would speed up the growth of hair after chemotherapy.
Dr. David A. Margileth practices medical oncology at St. Joesph Hospital in Orange, CA specializing in oncology, hematology, and internal medicine (board certified). His selected area of interest is breast cancer. Dr. Margileth graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1971 and has since spent time treating patients at the National Cancer Institute and Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX.
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