Original Publication Date: 1 May, 2014
Publication / Source: Breast Cancer Management
Authors: Wim PM Breed
Breast cancer is by far the most common female cancer and the proportion of breast cancer patients who receive chemotherapy is rising rapidly. Presently commonly administered drugs have a high potential for inducing severe chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA).
Impact of CIA
CIA stigmatizes people as cancer patients and is a constant reminder of the disease. CIA is one of the most common and most feared side effects of cancer treatment for a majority of patients. This has been repeatedly reported [1–14]. The impact of CIA for patients and their near relatives is often greatly underestimated by medical professionals who often consider CIA only as a temporary cosmetic problem.