Clinically Proven Scalp Cooling Technology
Cape Cod Healthcare now offers patients the option of the Paxman Cool Cap, a clinically proven scalp cooling technology that can help retain hair during chemotherapy.
Hair Loss and Chemotherapy
The prospect of losing one’s hair during chemotherapy can be one of the scariest parts of cancer treatment. Scalp cooling or cold capping treatment has been proven effective in helping to prevent hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs. Lowering scalp temperatures reduces the effect chemo has on hair follicles by:
- Reducing blood flow, meaning less blood containing chemotherapy drugs reaches the follicles.
- Causing the cells in the hair follicles to become dormant, so that any drugs that do reach the follicles bypass the cells.
Although not all chemo drugs cause hair loss, scalp cooling is the only effective solution for it when treatment involves the ones that do. Cape Cod Healthcare offers patients the option of the Paxman Cooling Cap, with a clinically proven technology used by over 100,000 people worldwide.
How does the Paxman Cooling Cap help to minimize hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy treatments?
The system works by cooling the scalp, which causes blood vessels to constrict. When blood vessels constrict, blood flow is reduced. When that happens during chemotherapy, it means less of the chemotherapy drug reaches the hair follicles.
What are the benefits of the Paxman Cooling Cap?
As the use of scalp cooling can result in retaining much of a patient’s hair during treatment, it offers an opportunity to preserve privacy during treatment, helping to boost confidence and keep patients feeling more like themselves.
Is the Paxman Cooling Cap available locally?
Previously a treatment option that patients had to travel off Cape for, scalp cooling is another example of the comprehensive cancer services and leading-edge technology available, right here at home, through Cape Cod Healthcare. Paxman Scalp Cooling Technology can be administered as part of a patient’s cancer treatment plan at the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center in Hyannis.
Where can I learn more about the Paxman Scalp Cooling Cap?
To learn if scalp cooling is right for you, talk with your Cape Cod Healthcare oncologist.
For more information about scalp cooling, please visit the Paxman Scalp Cooling website. You may also review a detailed list of Frequently Ask Questions.