“As soon as I found out I needed chemotherapy, my first concern was losing my hair.”
I joined several forums online and lots of people mentioned the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, so I checked if my nearest hospital used it and, fortunately, they did.
A degree of confidence...
I used the cold cap throughout my chemotherapy treatment and even if my closest hospital didn’t have the system, I definitely would have travelled to use one.
I didn’t know what the Paxman system was like until I actually got to the hospital and had a look around the chemo ward. They showed me the machine and measured me up for the cap, then the nurse wet my hair and put a conditioner on to help with its removal. I wore the cap for about 45 minutes before they started the chemotherapy drugs, then for about two hours after.
Once it had been on for a while I forgot about it – it was uncomfortable for the first five or ten minutes, but I feel really lucky to have been able to use it. I remember my friend, who is a hairdresser, telling me to wash my hair in cold water 24 hours later to help close the follicles. I think that really helped me to keep so much of my hair. I did lose about 20% of it over a three to four month period but it wasn’t noticeable. It’s also good to use a low chemical, neutral pH level shampoo.
I did lose about 20% of it over a three to four month period but it wasn’t noticeable.
My family and friends hadn’t really heard of the Paxman system but were obviously very supportive and also very surprised by the results.
“I can’t rate the cold cap highly enough, please give it a go!”
My family and friends hadn’t really heard of the Paxman system but were obviously very supportive and also very surprised by the results. Apart from being a massive confidence boost, I think one of the main benefits is the fact that people in the outside world didn’t necessarily have to know what I was going through. Scarves and wigs can be quite noticeable and people pick up on it, but if you keep your own hair, it gives you much more privacy.