A Cooling Cap Could Minimize Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

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A Swedish company is developing a scalp-Kühlkappe that can help cancer patients minimize hair loss. Dignitana AB will lease the cooling cap to cancer centers and charge patients for each use. Patients wear a tight-fitting cap before chemotherapy begins, which gradually chills the scalp until it is numb. The cooling cap should be worn during the chemotherapy infusion, and for an hour and a half after. Patients can expect to lose a small amount of hair during their treatment.

It Works Well In Hot Temperatures

Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy are instructed to wear the cooling cap for 20 to 40 minutes before their treatment, and it should be removed before they return home. This is because the cold cap can be uncomfortable for a few minutes after the treatment. This discomfort should go away as your body adjusts to the cold. If it persists, you can use relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and medication. Other side effects of the cooling cap include a heavy feeling in the head and neck, and lightheadedness.

Although there is no guarantee that hair will be saved, it is an important step to take as part of the treatment. It is a painful and labor-intensive process, but it is well worth it for some women. Cox had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and wanted to feel like a traditional bride on her wedding day. The children she had at the time were younger than she was when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, but they are older now and understand her dilemma. Cold-cap therapy is expensive. Patients pay to rent the cooling cap and machine, and it can last from 30 to 60 minutes.

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