Very low-stakes question about capecitabine (Xeloda) and hair loss
Hello. I'll soon start IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) plus capecitabine (oral chemo) for my pancreatic cancer. (Earlier this year I had 8 infusions of FOLFIRINOX before surgery, and then a Whipple that didn't quite get all the cancer.)
My question is about hair loss from capecitabine: Does anyone have a sense of how likely it is? I know that everyone has a different response to every chemo drug, but there might be stats about what % of patients on capecitabine lose hair, and maybe stats on how extensive that hair loss is.
. . . . . . . As noted, this is a low-stakes question, but it would help me to know whether more hair loss is coming — if it is, then I'll get a pixie cut now. (I'd rather not wear a wig, and I look awful in most headgear for women with cancer bc I have a bottom-heavy face. I lost at least 50% of my hair during IV chemo; what remained was long enough for me to pull back into a tiny bun and clip it in place, and I won't be able to do that if I lose more.)
Also: If anyone wants to share other experiences with this combo (IMRT + capecitabine), I'd be grateful. (I'll post a slightly different version of this question in the pancreatic cancer forum, given that this combo is, I think, tailored to p.c. patients.)
Apologies if this seems tone-deaf when so many are dealing with truly life-changing side effects, and thanks.