Will Scalp Cooling Work for Me?
Many thousands of patients throughout the world have retained their hair using the Paxman Scalp Cooling System when receiving their chemotherapy treatment. Successful scalp cooling depends on many factors such as type and stage of cancer, age, hair type, hair condition and general health. It is important to understand that hair loss does vary from one person to the next and retention of all hair cannot be guaranteed.
Research has shown that scalp cooling (the cold cap) is very effective across a wide range of chemotherapy regimens. Please consult your medical team to ascertain whether scalp cooling is applicable.
You may experience a little hair loss and overall thinning whilst using the cold cap, and the normal shedding cycle of the hair will continue. If some hair loss is experienced we would encourage you to persevere with the process – many patients report hair growth during their chemotherapy treatment whilst using scalp cooling, as new hair growth is also protected from the chemotherapy.
Why Does Chemotherapy Make Hair Fall Out?
Chemotherapy works by targeting all rapidly dividing cells in the body. Hair is the second fastest dividing cell and this is the reason why many chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. The hair follicles in the growth phase are attacked, resulting in hair loss approximately 2 weeks after the commencement of the chemotherapy treatment.
Does the Hair Always Fall Out?
Many chemotherapy drugs including taxanes and anthracyclines used to treat cancer will cause hair loss. The best people to advise on this are your medical support team of doctors, nurses and specialists who deal with the medication every day.
How Does Scalp Cooling Work?
The damage that chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be alleviated by scalp cooling and the cold cap. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, which may prevent or minimise the hair loss. The Paxman Scalp Cooling System offers a comfortable and tolerable option over other scalp cooling methods due to its excellent heat extraction technology.