Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The CTCA blog

Having chemotherapy? How to prepare for hair loss


Chemotherapy often comes with unpleasant side effects: nausea, fatigue, vomiting and mouth sores, to name a few. But for many patients, losing that first clump of hair after treatment is the hardest to bear because it packs an emotional punch. “It is very common for patients to grieve the loss of their hair, even a male patient with very short hair,” says Kendra Laufer, Clinical Services/Education Specialist at our Tulsa hospital.

Video: How to tie a headscarf


Chemotherapy patients often talk about the emotional impact that comes with losing their hair during treatment. But many don’t anticipate the physical effects—like trying to stay warm when your head is bare. Treatments, infections and cancer itself often play a role in disrupting your body temperature. Add in chemotherapy-induced hair loss, known medically as alopecia, and you may be looking for ways to cover up. Many patients have found that headscarves help, offering both comfort and style. But how to tie them?

Don't let fear get in the way of your lung cancer screening

Melissa Haglund, MD, FACP

Fear of the unknown often dictates how we respond to situations thrown at us. Fear that we won’t succeed, fear that we won’t be accepted, and fear of anticipatory bad news may cause an emotional paralysis. But fear can hinder us. When it comes to lung cancer, or the suspicion of lung cancer, I have often seen this fear hold patients back from screening.

Five tips for supporting a friend through breast cancer

“It takes a village.” This well-known phrase can relate to many aspects of life, from raising children to helping friends or family members with daily activities. It also rings true when an illness, such as breast cancer, strikes. A cancer diagnosis can cause many emotions, including shock, sadness and worry, so it’s important that women have a strong group of friends and family to offer emotional and physical support.