We are proud to announce that today’s Radio 5 Live’s podcast - You, Me and The Big C – focuses on scalp cooling and features our very own Claire Paxman.

The weekly podcast explores life with cancer through the eyes of three friends who are “too busy living to worry about dying”.  Each week presenters, Rachael Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon discuss how they all juggle jobs, parenting, and busy social lives while also living with cancer.

This week Claire joins the ladies as a guest to explain why Paxman is so passionate about helping people keep their hair through chemotherapy. It talks about what the treatment is, how it works and offers advice to anyone who is currently using the treatment or maybe considering it.

“This podcast is all about empowering people who are experiencing cancer or know someone else going through it,” explains Rachael.

“Talking to other strong women about their experiences of cancer has been one of the most powerful things for us – you give each other courage and reassurance that life doesn’t just end with diagnosis. It’s not a medical advice pamphlet or a strict guide on how to deal with every single symptom. But the hope is that we are a few friendly voices in a really tough time – we are your BFFs, your sisters, daughters and mothers.”

Hair loss is consistently ranked one of the most feared and common side effects of chemotherapy treatment and often people will refuse treatment because they don’t want to lose their hair. The damage that chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be alleviated by using the Paxman scalp cooling treatment, also known as 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.

Click here to download the podcast and hear what the women had to say about their experiences of scalp cooling.