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    To others wondering when their hair will come back post chemo, I am less than two months post chemo and am already feeling it's time to shave my beard again. Hair on my head is also coming in nicely too! Odd side effect of chemo, my beard is really soft like cat fur. I've had a few people want to pet it haha. I was worried since so many people have said how long took just wanted others to know in under two months my facial hair was all back and my hair has really started coming in so if that's a major concern to some of you, your hair could come back sooner than you think!
    3/29/17 Diagnosed 100% Embryonal 4/10/17 Left I/O CT scan shows a few suspicious lymph (biggest 1.9 cm) 5/8/17 - 7/3/17 3xBEP 7/20/17 CT scan clear, AFP was 19. 8/16/17 AFP drops to 10. Doctor pleased ALL CLEAR!

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    Glad it is growing back. It probably will be a tad different than prior to chemo at least facial and head hair. Funny aobut your beard.
    17 year old son Grant dx 12/21/16
    pre/o markers 12/21/16- HCG:1065.15,AFP:298.8,LDH:1119
    pre/o CT Scan 12/22/16 normal
    r/o 12/22/16
    Post r/o Elevated Markers with INCREASE 4 weeks post r/o;
    PATHLOGY: mixed maligent germ cell 8.6 x 6.2 x 5.9 cm

    -80% Embryonal, 10% Yolk Sac, 5% Teratoma, 5% Choriocarcinoma w/LVI within Spermatic Cord and invasion into Rete Testis
    2nd CT scan on 1/24/17 3 nodes 2 over 2.5, one over 3.5
    BEP x 3 1/27/17
    Post Chemo CT Scan on 3/28/17 still showed a few nodes over 2 cm
    2nd Post Chemo CT Scan on 4/27/17 showed all nodes still over 2cm
    Post Chemo RPLND 5/8/17: Periaortic Teratoma, Intraaorticaval Teratoma, and Paracaval Teratoma found.

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    • #3
      I'm glad there's some humor in this. We all have a good laugh at the texture of the hair since it feels so weirdly soft lol
      3/29/17 Diagnosed 100% Embryonal 4/10/17 Left I/O CT scan shows a few suspicious lymph (biggest 1.9 cm) 5/8/17 - 7/3/17 3xBEP 7/20/17 CT scan clear, AFP was 19. 8/16/17 AFP drops to 10. Doctor pleased ALL CLEAR!

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      • #4
        My facial and head hear came in very soft at first as well. Then after a few months it went right back to normal (very course).
        6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
        6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
        7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
        7/13/15 - 9/18/15: 4xEP
        10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
        10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
        4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
        4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
        9/18/2017 all clears up to this date!

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        • #5
          I'll be a month out tomorrow and I have hair pretty much all over my face but only the goatee is starting to darken.. also is very soft. No head hair yet but I can feel it coming in!

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          • #6
            So glad for you! Yes, I can remember my hair coming back in feeling so soft. I've had to cut a few times since then. Of course, one thing I miss...not having to shave!
            9/28/16 - Diagnosed Stage 3C. 10/10/16 - Left I/O. Pathology pure seminoma but treated as non-seminoma due to aggression and high AFP at 58. Largest tumor at 11x9cm. 10/28/16 - Emergency VIP chemo in hospital and 3 additional in-patient cycles. 2/17 - RPLND and tumor masses all dead. 3/17 Remission and surveillance. 7/17 - First imaging clear.

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