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Study: Topical minoxidil reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

Study: Topical minoxidil reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

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Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Treatment with topical minoxidil helps restore hair loss caused by radiation treatment for brain tumors and other head and neck cancers, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Dermatology found. Twenty-eight of 34 patients treated with the drug after radiation therapy experienced hair regrowth in as little as three weeks, researchers said. Advertisement Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for hair regrowth in men and women. The patients suffered from persistent radiation-induced alopecia, or hair loss, as a result of cancer treatment, the researchers said. The hair loss from radiation is "a dose-dependent phenomenon," and was linked specifically to higher doses of radiation applied to the scalp, researchers at Memoria...