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“I was able to have my scalp cooling treatment in the comfort of my home.”

Isobel

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I am a breast cancer survivor and was treated 9 years ago. I have also had ovarian cancer, the treatment of which was completed a year ago.

A degree of identity...

So you may be at a point where you are being inundated with lots of good and loving advice from family and friends and being given advice from medical practitioners. At this point in time, one of the things you may be considering is using scalp cooling. I am a breast cancer survivor and was treated 9 years ago. I have also had ovarian cancer, the treatment of which was completed a year ago, and the Paxman system helped me keep my hair throughout both of these experiences.

The first time I had cancer, somebody told me about scalp cooling the week before I was about to start my treatment. I spent hours one evening desperately searching the internet to find something out about scalp cooling and came across the Paxman website, however, my local hospital wasn’t offering it. I fought tooth and nail to have it, and at that point, I realised it can be used at home. I had private medical insurance so I was able to have my scalp cooling treatment in the comfort of my home.


​Psychologically, for me, it was really important both times. It meant I could go out to work and nobody needed to know that I wasn’t well.

Psychologically, for me, it was really important both times. When I had breast cancer, it meant I could go out to work and nobody needed to know that I wasn’t well. I had wonderful clients and key people in my client companies who knew that I was going through treatment, but many of the people who I trained had no idea at all. Although, subsequently, I have talked about it because I make a point of telling people – I think in this day and age, we are incredibly fortunate with what medical professionals can do. Paxman enable people to live life to the full at a time when you are not feeling your best.

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I had private medical insurance so I was able to have my scalp cooling treatment in the comfort of my home.

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Psychologically, for me, it was really important both times.

Having a sense of control reduces stress in human beings, so to be able to stay in control and keep my hair was incredibly powerful. For many women, their hair is more than just hair. It is also the same for men. It’s part of your identity, your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself. Being able to keep your hair at a point where you are not perhaps feeling your best is an absolute gift.

People say, “It must be dreadfully painful, how on Earth do you do it?”. First of all, it is not painful; it is just a bit uncomfortable. I’ve noticed a difference in the temperature setting from when I used it for the first time and then eight years later; the temperature is slightly warmer now. In the first ten minutes, you need to have a very clear vision in your mind as to why you are doing it and to focus on that vision to get you through it.

Remember to keep your mind focused on the end goal, whatever that end goal is for you. For some people, it might be the way they look or it might be a special event you have coming up – I had a wedding to go to. I turned up and nobody knew that I wasn’t well apart from close family. Just think about the end result and get through the first ten minutes.

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