Wednesday January 29, 2020

New Cancer Treatment To Prevent Hair Loss From Chemotherapy

A novel method discovered recently by a group of researchers, including one of Indian-origin, shows how hair loss from chemotherapy can be prevented during cancer treatment

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A Caucasian female nurse smiles as she administers chemotherapy through a catheter to an African American male patient in a clinical setting. Wikimedia Commons

A novel method discovered recently by a group of researchers, including one of Indian-origin, shows how hair loss from chemotherapy can be prevented during cancer treatment in patients, arguably one of the most psychologically distressing side effects of modern cancer therapy.

The study published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine describes how damage to the hair follicles caused by taxanes, cancer drugs which can cause permanent hair loss, can be prevented.

To do this, the research team has exploited the properties of a newer class of drugs called CDK4/6 inhibitors, which block cell division and are already medically approved as so-called “targeted” cancer therapies.

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Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, a cancer treatment. I was closely affected cancer even though it was at a young age I am still impacted by it everyday. Hair loss is obviously only one of the many burdens a cancer patient must face. Wikimedia Commons

“Although at first, this seems counterintuitive, we found that CDK4/6 inhibitors can be used temporarily to halt cell division without promoting additional toxic effects in the hair follicle. When we bathed organ-cultured human scalp hair follicles in CDK4/6 inhibitors, the hair follicles were much less susceptible to the damaging effects of taxanes,” study lead author Talveen Purba from the University of Manchester said.

Taxanes are very important anti-cancer drugs commonly used to treat, for example, patients with breast or lung carcinoma and particularly cause anxieties among breast cancer patients for the very distressing and sometimes long-lasting hair loss taxanes can induce.

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“A pivotal part of our study was to first get to grips with how exactly hair follicles responded to taxane chemotherapy, and we found that the specialised dividing cells at the base of the hair follicle that are critical for producing hair itself, and the stem cells from which they arise, are most vulnerable to taxanes.

“Therefore, we must protect these cells most from undesired chemotherapy effects — but so that cancer does not profit from it,” Purba said.

The researchers underscore that more work is desperately needed in this lamentably under-funded field of cancer medicine, where patients have waited for so long to see real breakthroughs in pharmacological hair loss prevention. (IANS)

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Follow These Tips to Prevent Hair Damage by Overstyling

Overstyling your hair? Prevent damage with these tips

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We all know that overstyling your hair can lead to hair damage and that is why you need to follow these tips to prevent hair damage. Pixabay

Hair can make or break your look, and who doesnt want every day to be a good hair day? But, using excessive styling products can damage your hair in the long run, even if they tame your mane temporarily.

Praver Kachroo, founder and CEO, Evolvere Salon Solutions gives his top tips to prevent hair damage by excessive styling and product use.

Choose the right shampoo

Pick the shampoo that suits your specific hair type. Shampoos that are free of paraben, sulphate and sodium chloride are recommended.

Condition after shampoo

Condition your hair after every hair wash. Conditioning leaves hair smoother and softer and also reduces breakage as it becomes easier to detangle after applying conditioner. It is also important to regularly deep-condition your hair.

Don’t use heating iron on wet hair

Wet hair is much more fragile, so using heat on wet or even slightly damp hair will do more harm than on dry hair. Make sure hair is completely dried out before using any product that emits direct heat onto it.

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Using too much heat on your hair can lead to hair damage. Pixabay

Don’t use too much heat

Excess of anything can harm – and it applies to your hair too. In order to fast forward the process, people generally use more heat than what is required to curl/ straighten hair. Avoid this by using the correct heating iron, with a temperature control button and use low or medium modes.

Using heat protection serum

Heat protectant serums/ sprays create a kind of a shield on hair cuticles. These products don’t save your hair completely but it may reduce damage by 50 per cent, if one is using heat irons.

Start brushing from the bottom

Brushing hair from the bottom will reduce breakage and can also avoid weakening the roots. Starting to detangle hair from the bottom and working your way up will leave you with much healthier and stronger hair.

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When outside in the sun, protect them with leave-in conditioner

The leave-in conditioner can act as a barrier against the heat and create a safety layer to protect hair against damage.

Visit a professional salon regularly for anti-damage treatments and useful advice. (IANS)