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BCG and hair loss

1 week 1 day ago #58103 by Regor
Due to the BCG shortage, my provider has made a decision to replace BCG treatment for some patients with Gemzar.

Here are the definition of both:
BCG: is used for BC as an Immunotherapy, applied directly into the bladder, and it forces the body's own immune system to attack the cancer cells.

Gemcitabine (Gemzar): Is a Chemo, that yes, can be used for BC as an Immunotherapy, applied directly into the bladder, however, Gemcitabine attacks the cancers cells themselves, and doesn't rely on the bodies immune system to do the attacking.

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1 week 1 day ago #58102 by tonjac525
Thank you for your reply, my husbands hair is thinning. I’m curious what is the Gemzar treatment?

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1 week 1 day ago #58096 by Regor
Yes, I made it through my 6 week induction and have had noticeable even "thinning", but not a complete loss as you would see with Chemo. This was on BCG. I will be starting maintenance on Gemzar.

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1 week 2 days ago #58095 by Alan
I can't recall exactly however I believe I have read over the years a couple of posters complaining about hair loss possibly from the BCG. If it is a cause it is unusual. As always, I would let my medical team know about every symptom and side effect.

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
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1 week 2 days ago #58093 by tonjac525
My husband is on a maintenance program taking BCG, and I noticed his hair is thinning out. I’m interested in knowing if any one else is experiencing hair loss

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