Hair Loss Isn’t Inevitable With Chemo
While chemotherapy can cause a number of unpleasant side effects, perhaps the most dreaded of them all is the strong potential for hair loss that goes along with this proposition. This pubic-facing effect is one that both men and women alike would prefer to avoid entirely.
Courtesy of a relatively new hair-saving treatment, this particular side effect of chemo can sometimes be skirted entirely. Called cold cap therapy, this treatment has been widely used in Europe and is beginning to make waves on American shores. It involves the use of a special cap that is brought down to freezing temperatures and then is worn on the head before, during and after a typical chemotherapy session.
While this treatment is rather time consuming and can be uncomfortable and costly, patients are finding the results worth the efforts.
The University of California, San Francisco, and a number of medical centers across the country ran a pilot study and clinical trial involving 120 patients and the use of their particular therapy. Another 100 women used a specific cold cap known as the Penguin cap. While the results of the study have not been finalized, researchers have stated that the majority of women in both studies who used cold cap therapy did keep their hair or the majority of it.
Although this type of therapy remains uncovered by most insurances, it’s an option worth exploring for those who are especially sensitive to the idea of hair loss during treatment. While there are no guarantees for success, many patients have reported pleasing results that help keep self-esteem intact during treatment.
To find out more about the potential cold cap therapy has to offer, consult your oncologist. Chemo Cold Caps are not available everywhere in America as of yet, but are available at all Choice Cancer Care Centers in Texas.