A patient video, that explains what’s it like to use the Paxman Scalp Cooling System to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy, has been created to mark World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day is a global event taking place every year on 4th February, created to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer and inspire action.
Filmed in Texas, the informative video offers a personal insight into scalp cooling from oncology experts, patent training specialists and women who have used the Paxman scalp cooler.
It speaks to clinicians about what impact retaining hair during chemotherapy means to a person and hears from patients who have experienced the treatment first hand. It is hoped the patient insight into the treatment will help raise awareness of scalp cooling to ensure all cancer patients are given a choice against hair loss.
Speaking in the video Dr Cindy Osborne, Medical Oncologist, of US Oncology and Texas Oncology Research, said: “We keep a box of tissues in our office for a lot of reasons but when a woman finds out they are losing their hair that’s properly when those boxes are used a lot. Maintaining their hair allows women to maintain their privacy so they can tell people if they choose to what they are going through and on their own terms. When they have lost their hair, it becomes a very public demonstration that they are going through something really terrible and they may or may not want to allow other people into that aspect of their life.”
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 alopecia. The hair follicles in the growth phase are attacked, resulting in hair loss approximately two weeks after the commencement of the chemotherapy treatment.
World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to act.