How to explain chemo, hair loss to daughter?

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Question from Website Question: How can I explain chemotherapy to my 7-year-old daughter? What should I tell her about losing my hair?
Answers - Paula K. Rauch, M.D. Often parents describe chemotherapy as a "special strong medicine" that kills the breast cancer cells. Because breast cancer cells can be fast growing cells, the same medicine can affect other fast growing cells, like the cells that make Mom's hair grow. One way to think about losing hair is that it's a reminder of what a good job the chemotherapy is doing.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Talking With Kids about Breast Cancer featured Paula Rauch, M.D. and Tamara Shulman, Ph.D., F.A.A.C.P. answering your questions about specific ways to support your kids while you undergo treatment, and different communication strategies for helping your kids to feel secure during a time of uncertainty.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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