Hair loss no longer has to be an inevitable side effect of chemotherapy treatment. Thanks to the Dignicap® Scalp Cooling System, available at Overlook Medical Center, patients with solid tumors receiving certain types of chemotherapy drugs may be able to minimize their hair loss.
How Scalp Cooling Works
Lowering the temperature of the scalp reduces blood flow to that area, thereby preventing the full dose of chemotherapy from reaching and destroying hair follicles. Patients can expect to wear two caps – one made of silicone that circulates coolant and another made of neoprene that provides insulation. For optimal comfort, the Dignicap System is placed on the head at room temperature and then gradually decreased throughout chemotherapy treatment; a safety sensor ensures that the temperature never falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Who Can Benefit from Scalp Cooling?
Patients with solid tumors, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer, may be able to minimize their hair loss during chemotherapy with scalp cooling. The Dignicap System is effective with many chemotherapy drugs, but not all of them, so it’s important for patients to discuss their eligibility with their doctor.