Chemotherapy is widely used to kill cancer cells and prevent the disease from spreading, but the drugs also impart some damaging side effects. Since the drugs are unable to differentiate between cancer cells and normal cells, many ordinary, otherwise healthy cells are destroyed during the therapy. This is why fatigue, nausea and low blood cell counts are all common for chemo patients.
But one of the most noticeable changes brought about by chemotherapy is hair loss. The drugs attack the root cells of the hair, triggering alopecia in as little as 2 to 3 weeks into treatment. There are several ways to cope with this hair loss, including wigs and specially designed chemo hats. Over the years, several programs have been developed to help supply chemo patients with real hair too, including Locks of Love.