Chemotherapy and Hair Loss
According to Breast Cancer Org (2014) hair loss occurs when chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. The Hair follicles, structures in the skin are filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, which are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. As the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Generally, within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair. If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic: clumps in your hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on your pillow. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms.
(See full article) http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/hair_skin_nails/hair_loss
Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV) is breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body, most commonly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs.
Cancer cells can break away from the original tumor in the breast and travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, which is a large network of nodes and vessels that works to remove bacteria, viruses, and cellular waste products.
Breast cancer can come back in another part of the body months or years after the original diagnosis and treatment. Nearly 30% of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will develop metastatic disease.
(See full article) https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/recur_metast
Our mission is supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
We provide supportive services to underserved communities comprised of uninsured and low-income patients.
Our focus is to bring awareness to health disparities among uninsured
and low-income families who can’t afford treatment both locally and abroad. Access to cancer treatment in medically underserved communities is essential for individuals diagnosed with cancer who are likely to face the probability of a financial burden due to treatment cost. Committing to serve as a community resource is distributed through a network of volunteers, service agencies, and programs that serve our target population groups.
Hatz 4 Hearts is a foundation created to support cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. As a token of love, we provide hats, head coverings, and HOPE
to patients currently experiencing hair loss.
American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer 2018 Estimates
Cancer Facts & Figures 2018 is an educational companion for Cancer Statistics 2018, a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
The Facts & Figures annual report provides:
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