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Targeted Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer & Their Hair Loss

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Targeted Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer & Their Hair Loss

Newer targeted hormone or biological therapies for cancer don't usually cause total hair loss like chemotherapy drugs, but can result in changes such as thinning of the hair and dryness, as well as changes in texture similar to the chemo curls... most are mild.

Some of the targeted therapies that have been linked with hair changes include: Erbitux (cetuximab); Gilotrif (afatinib); Gleevec (imatinib); Imbruvica (ibrutinib); Nexavar (sorafenib); Tarceva (erlotinib).

Some hormonal therapies commonly used for breast cancer have been associated with thinning of the hair for some people. Unlike chemotherapy, people may be using the drug for many months or even years before they notice the changes in their hair.

Hormonal therapies more often linked to hair loss include: Tamoxifen; Aromatase inhibitors: Hair loss appears to be more common with Arimidex (anastrozole), and Femara (letrozole) than with Aromasin (exemestane); Faslodex (fulvestrant). I took Tamoxifen and didn't notice and hair thinning.

Bold Beanies Headwear is soft and very comfortable. Made in the UK using the highest quality soft thin stretchy cotton fabrics to keep you covered up wether from medical and non medical alopecia hair loss, hair thinning or with hair to protect a sensitive head from the elements. Our cancer chemotherapy headwear is available as super soft snug beanie hat, head wraps and scarves (and matching PICC line cover sleeves). A range for Men, women and kids in customisable plain colours an beautiful Liberty Art Fabric prints. 

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How to Prepare for Chemotherapy Hair Loss

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How to Prepare for Chemotherapy Hair Loss

If your doctor has prescribed a chemotherapy drug that is known to cause hair loss, make the decision to prepare yourself for hair loss before treatment begins. Cancer already does a number on a person's self-image, and hair loss can be a seriously devastating side effect. Early preparation can help you cope when your hair begins to fall out.

Many women choose to cut their hair short or shave their heads entirely before hair starts to fall out. It's a lot less shocking to have short clumps of hair fall out in the shower or in your hands, rather than a handful of long strands. Plus, hair tends to come out in uneven patches, and short hair can help to temporarily mask this.

I went straight for a 'buzz cut' but feel with hindsight it would have been a good idea for me to have an in-between cut so it was less shocking.  

2 Get a Wig

If you plan on wearing a wig after you lose your hair to chemotherapy, try to get one before your hair begins to fall out. Choosing a wig before hair loss is ideal because it allows you to choose a wig that matches your hair colour best and you'll have it on hand when hair loss starts. However you may decide to try a completely new look! Most NHS areas offer at least one wig to cancer patients starting a course of chemotherapy where medical Alopecia (hair loss) is inevitable.

I had a wig, but I have to say it wasn't a pleasant process really and I regret the experience. I wish I could have had longer choosing one and everything happened so fast I didn't have anyone with me to help choose one. As a result I didn't like mine very much and only wore it on 2 occasions at the request of my then 4 year old daughter. I found my wig very uncomfortable and felt more self conscious wearing that my beanies. BUT that is just me and I would still recommend getting at least one wig.

Even if you get a wig, you will need some type of head covering for when you are not wearing your wig, especially during chilly weather and during the night. Wigs can also be uncomfortable, so you will want some easy comfy 'hygge' headwear to slip on easily and cover up for your family and loved ones. Your scalp will most likely be sensitive when not covered, not to mention cold. Beanies also provide excellent protect protection against the sun and wind when outdoors.

Why not add a head wrap over your Bold Beanie for an extra touch of luxury.

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New 100% Biodegradable Packaging

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New 100% Biodegradable Packaging

Bold Beanies has always strived to be as carbon neutral as possible using recycled and recyclable packing. Now we are going one step further and introducing 100% compostable product packaging and posting materials.

We manufacture our cancer hats, scarves and PICC covers using fabrics from the UK, manufactured locally and shipped from local depot minimising our carbon footprint. 

We are now proud to say that we are now using 100% compostable product packaging and shipping materials. All other components are made of recycled paper or card. 

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Wikipedia Hair Loss Online Info

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Wikipedia Hair Loss Online Info

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia is a Useful Resource When Searching for Information Online About Hair Loss. 

Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.

Typically inflammation or scarring is not present.  Hair loss in some people causes psychological distress. 

Common types include: male-pattern hair loss, female-pattern hair loss, Alopecia Areata, and a thinning of hair known as Telogen Effluvium. The cause of male-pattern hair loss is a combination of genetics and male hormones, the cause of female pattern hair loss is unclear, the cause of alopecia areata is autoimmune and the cause of Telogen Effluvium is typically a physically or psychologically stressful event. Telogen Effluvium is very common following pregnancy. 

Less common causes of hair loss without inflammation or scarring include the pulling out of hair, certain medications including chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS, Hypothyroidism and malnutrition including iron deficiency.  

Causes of Hair Loss that occurs with scarring or inflammation include fungal infection, lupus erythematosus, radiation therapy and Sarcoidosis.  Diagnosis of hair loss is partly based on the areas affected.

Treatment of pattern hair loss may simply involve accepting the condition. Interventions that can be tried include the medications minoxidil (or Finasteride ) and hair transplant surgery.  

Alopecia Areata may be treated by steroid injections in the affected area, but these need to be frequently repeated to be effective.  

Hair loss is a common problem. Pattern hair loss by age 50 affects about half of males and a quarter of females.  

About 2% of people develop Alopecia Areata at some point in time.

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Pretty Gifts for Women Having Chemo

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Pretty Gifts for Women Having Chemo

Product Spotlight : Blue Skies Bold Beanies Gift Posy Bouquet. The Ultimate Luxury Comfy Gift for Ladies with Cancer Hair Loss from Chemotherapy Treatments. 

Three quality cotton soft beanies rolled to look like roses and resented with silk flowers to make a gift posy bouquet. A traditional gift (flowers by post) but also practical too. Great alternative to real flowers when you are ill (and you don't need to find yet another vase!). The Blue Skies Bouquet Bold Beanies Bouquet Posy includes blue toned hats... One Liberty Art Fabrics blue printed hat and two co-ordinating plains. 

This ready made gift takes difficult task of choosing which styles to choose from you and makes it quicker and easier... alternatively you can choose the hats you want in a bouquet by adding three or more hats to your basket and selecting the 'Make into Bouquet' option also. 

Silky soft stretchy cotton cancer hats made to fit snuggly onto a sore scalp with an emphasis on comfort and ease. Easy to put on and so soft and comfortable to forget about the hair loss and get on with daily activities or simply keep the head at an even temperature to get a good nights sleep. 

All bouquets (or single beanies) can be sent with a handwritten gift note directly to the recipient. Please add note at checkout.

The very first bouquet ever sent was to a woman suffering with Alopecia Areata, so suitable for all types of hair thinning, medical or otherwise. These stretchy breathable hats are also suitable to wear over hair as a sweat wicking barrier under all types of helmets and hard hats or hijabs. 

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