Dr Oz: Cancer Drug Helps Regrow Hair
Dr Oz then asked Dr Wolfeld about recent headlines pointing to a cancer drug that has been shown to help patients regrow hair. Dr Wolfeld explained that the medication he was referring to is called Ruxolitinib. It was found that “Ruxo” as Dr Wolfeld called it, could actually help to treat certain bone marrow malignancies and other inflammatory conditions. It was also found, in the lab, that it can hep treat hair loss, particularly hair loss associated with alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune type of hair loss that affects up to 2% of patients.
But most commonly, Dr Wolfeld recommends patients use minoxidil, which is an over-the-counter solution. For women, the percentage is 2%, but the 5% solution that is generally for men has been more effective in regrowing hair and helping hair grow longer and thicker. However, the 5% could irritate a woman’s scalp more than the lower percentage.