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Facial hair post rads #200153
05-23-2020 02:33 AM
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Kevster Offline OP
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I was told before rads to tongue and neck that I would have a permanent bald patch around the ear area, but I now have no facial hair growing anywhere except a small area beneath my nose. Does facial hair come back or is this the new normal (as I don’t like facial hair,‘I’m not worried. Just curious). How long did it take you for facial hair to come back?


Stage 3 cancer of right side of tongue
Tumor: t2.
Lymph nose spread
Partial glossectomy and neck dissection (2/12/20)
Never smoker
Scheduled for six weeks of radiation starting 3/25/20
Re: Facial hair post rads [Re: Kevster] #200154
05-23-2020 08:35 AM
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you are making me think about that! I don't hear my husband shaving anymore so that might answer your question!


Spouse of 57 yr old with BOT cancer
Stage 4a HPV16 positive
3 chemo treatments cisplantin
35 radiation treatments 7000 cGy
former smoker/chewed tobacco for 38 yrs.
1/2020 diagnosed with cancer near TMJ
4/2020 chemo 5 days every 2 weeks
Re: Facial hair post rads [Re: ConnieT] #200155
05-23-2020 04:43 PM
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I am now 2+ months post rads and I am only now starting to get some stubble, except in the treated area. My mustache survived treatment though. My beard was always a slow grow, so I guess I'll wait and see what happens.

Last edited by DavidUofMsavedMe; 05-23-2020 04:45 PM.

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Re: Facial hair post rads [Re: Kevster] #200156
05-24-2020 09:19 AM
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I'm 6 months post rads and my blimmin chin hair is returning. I'm gutted!! lol


F 39 x-smoker, rare drink
T4aN1/N2bM0 SCC L lateral tongue &10mm into R
Diagnosed May 20th '19
Pembro trial 5th July '19 2 doses pre-surg 15 post surg
R.I.G fitted 9th Aug '19
Surgery 13th Aug '19 glossectomy neck dissection RFFR
33 doses RT 17th Sept '19
2x cispltin

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