A piece of technology new could ease the struggles for patients undergoing chemo treatment for breast cancer, by preventing hair loss.
Breast Cancer Research Centre WA is trialing a tight-fitting hat called Dignicap – which cools the surface of the head during chemotherapy, limiting the drug’s ability to reach hair follicles. It’s a randomized trial of 60 people undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and the caps are donated by hair loss treatment company Ashley and Martin.
The cooling cap works in conjunction with the chemotherapy, cooling hair follicles to keep them from falling out. It starts 20 to 30 minutes before chemo, and bring the patient hair follicles down to 37 degrees.
But for now, the cooling cap doesn’t come cheap. The rental fee is $1,000 a month, and then $275 for each treatment.
Source: The Huffington Post