COOLING CAP: TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS DURING CHEMOTHERAPY

New things are being discovered everyday for the good of our patients health. A cold cap has been developed for cancer patients who lose their hair while on chemotherapy. According to reports made at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting held earlier this year:

The cooling action is intended to constrict blood vessels in the scalp, which in theory, reduces the amount of chemotherapy that reaches the cells in the hair follicles. The cold also decreases the activity of the hair follicles which slows down cell division and makes them less affected by chemotherapy. Prevention of hair loss in these patients is extremely significant to their life, and the risk of the chemotherapy drug missing an isolated grouping of the breast cancer cells in the scalp because of the cold cap is extremely rare. However the common side-effects of the cooling system include cold-induced headaches and neck discomforts, chills and pain associated with wearing the cooling cap for an extended period of time.

So for the men and most especially the women, more than half of your hair can now be preserved while on chemotherapy, thanks to technology.

 

REFERENCE: ZOSIA CHUSTECKA, MEDSCAPE.

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Cynthia Isuekebhor