Hair after Chemotherapy grows like that of a baby – Oncologist

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A Clinical Oncologist at the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre has debunked rumours regarding the recovery process of fully treated cancer patients.

According to Dr Emmanuel Amankwaa-Frempong, one of the major worries of individuals regarding post-cancer recovery is the way they look, especially their hair growth.

“The other ones are you’re going to lose your hair, and you’re going to look bad. You won’t come out as a normal person again”.

One of his major worries, he said, is the lack of publicity surrounding the positive outlook of cancer survivors.

“In fact, all my patients who have now gone through Chemotherapy, their hair is back, they never go to the salon. Because they love the hair that has come out. It comes out like the baby’s hair. Very nice. They comb it. That’s it”.

With Chemotherapy being one of the major treatment procedures, Dr Amankwaa-Frempong said that “Chemotherapy works by what we call, killing all the rapidly growing cells in the body. Hair growth is one of the cells that go very quickly”.

He said that this procedure results in hair loss, but he assured listeners that the hair grows back.

“After you finish the process of Chemotherapy, the hair grows back in a better form”.

Enlightening discerning listeners of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Friday, he said so many misconceptions about cancer.

He said some of these are spiritual, herbal, and other alternatives that patients seek to heal themselves.

“Most of my patients I’ve given Chemotherapy to are now living a normal life. The issue is that, the development of cancer treatment is quite recent within our environment. As we speak, there are not many Oncologists, people who are specialised to treat cancer”.

Although non-communicable diseases, including cancer, contribute to 70 per cent of deaths globally, Dr Amankwaa-Frempong said detecting cancerous cells early increases one’s chances of surviving.

“There are stages of cancer treatment. If the cancer is determined early, you’re most likely to be cured. After that, you go through Chemotherapy and other processes.  

“If the cancer is not determined early and you come in late, yes, you may have chemotherapy, but the prognosis could be as low as 20 per cent or sometimes 10 per cent”.

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