Brigatinib (AP26113) and hair loss

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March 17, 2017 at 6:36 am  #1290391    

sd2011

thanks for the reply and article from Dr. Lacouture. He mentions simple blood testing for iron storing abnormalities which could affect hair loss. Do you know what to test for specifically? Ferritin Nurse practitioner is not sure. Thanks?

March 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm  #1290394    

celineg

Do you know where I can find the article by Dr. Lacouture that you are referring to?

March 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm  #1290395    
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celineg,

You can find Dr. Lacouture’s discussion here: http://cancergrace.org/cancer-treatments/files/2011/09/dr-lacouture-on-skin-hair-nail-side-effects-of-treatment-transcript.pdf

sd2011,

Yes, a test of ferretin levels would be used to try to rule out other causes of hair loss such as iron-storing deficiencies. Ferretin levels reflect the amount of iron reserves in the body, so if those levels are low that could be a contributing factor in hair loss.

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