Dutch Scalp Cooling Experts.

Richard Paxman welcomes Dr Corina van den Hurk, Manon Komen, Carla Peeters-Kloeze, and Dr Rieneke Lugtenberg, for the next conversation of the series.

We will be discussing the clinical aspects of scalp cooling in chemotherapy induced alopecia from a Dutch perspective. The Netherlands have played an incredibly important part in the leading the way in scalp cooling research, being at the epicenter of research that has allowed cold capping to become the supportive treatment that has become available to patients across the globe. Listen to the experts talk about their experience of pioneering research and how they are pushing forward the future of scalp cooling.

Dr. Corina van den Hurk

As a pioneer in scalp cooling IKNL has facilitated implementation of this supportive care in the Netherlands. I have conducted research on various aspects related to scalp cooling: efficacy, safety, quality of life, cost-effectiveness and measuring (impact of) alopecia. Scalp cooling is introduced internationally in recent years, and I have been assigned the role of ‘the world leading expert’. I have presented our studies and shared our clinical experiences all over the world. I am the co-founder of the international CHILL group ‘Cancer-related Hair Loss, International Linkage and Leadership’ and have set up a scalp cooling registry which will be used in the Netherlands, the USA, Australia and the UK. These international data are captured and fed back to participating hospitals using PROFILES registry.

Manon Komen

As a research nurse and researcher I implement studies to investigate new medications and procedures and inform and guide patients who participate in clinical studies. In 2010 I started my PhD at Leiden University Medical Center in collaboration with Northwest Clinics Alkmaar and The Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization under the supervision of prof. dr. Nortier and prof. dr. van der Hoeven. During these years of research on various aspects of scalp cooling, Paxman supported us with our ideas, which resulted in a pleasant collaboration. 29 October 2020 I will defend my thesis “Clinical aspects of scalp cooling in chemotherapy induced alopecia”.

Carle Peeters-Kloeze

As a medical physicist of the Catharina Hospital I am responsible for quality, safety and innovations regarding medical technology. Collaborating in research with medical technology is one of the many aspects of my work.

A few years ago the foundation ‘Geef haar een kans’ approached our hospital whether we could help them with designing a method for measuring scalp temperature during scalp cooling. Multiple students worked on the project.

We designed a proto-type sensor which can measure temperature of the scalp during the cooling and are also able to predict whether the preferred skin temperature could be reached and give an advise to the nurse how to change the temperature of the cooling machine.

Goal of this research project is to develop personalized scalp cooling.

Dr. Rieneke Lugtenberg

I am a medical oncologist in training at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden. In addition to my medical training, I am involved in patient oriented research projects. My PhD thesis focuses on improving side effects and quality of life of systemic therapy in oncology.