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Ep 71 - Combat Hair Issues in Menopause After Cancer
Episode 718th November 2023 • The Menopause and Cancer Podcast • Dani Binnington
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Hair loss after chemotherapy is to be expected. But what about when hair loss, thinning hair and scalp issues affect you years after your initial cancer diagnosis?

One lady in our community said: "My hair started growing lush and thick 1-2 months after finishing chemo but now a year on from starting hormone therapy it has almost completely gone again. My scalp is visible."

We are delighted to invite Eva Proudman to this workshop. Eva is a consultant trichologist, a hair and scalp specialist with over 20 years of experience and a fellow of the Institute of Trichologists.

In this episode we will discuss: 

Why does hair grow back differently after we lose it to chemo sometimes?

How does menopause affect hair?

Do some cancer drugs like tamoxifen and other medications affect hair?

What are proven treatment options?

Which supplements work best? Are these safe for someone with a history of cancer?

Myth busting: let’s talk about rosemary oil, collagen and biotin

Episode Highlights:

  • [05:25] How cold caps work.
  • [09:22] Oestrogen levels affect hair patterns in men and women.
  • [12:21] Launching a new shampoo that helps hair health during menopause.
  • [14:27] Certain medications affect hair health positively or negatively. For example, Citalopram is hair-friendly, while Sertraline may cause shedding.
  • [20:47] The truth about Rosemary oil.
  • [24:00] Is using Biotin worth it? How beneficial is Collagen?
  • [34:23] Balancing nutrients, blood tests reveal deficiencies.
  • [40:30] Q&A with the workshop audience.

To contact Eva and for further trichology information and advice visit you can also use this to fill in forms and ask questions. 


You can also follow Eva’s on Instagram here

About Dani:

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. 

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. 

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. 

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

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