Hair Loss! It Stinks and it is the most common side effect of Chemotherapy drugs. Just after I was diagnosed, my Naturopath let me know there is a new alternative treatment that could help me not loose my hair. It is called Cold Capping.
Strait from the Rapunzel Projects website (an organization committed to helping women with their hair through chemotherapy)
What is Cold Cap Therapy?
Cold Cap Therapy, or modern-day scalp cooling, involves the use of a special cap or set of caps, cooled to very cold temperatures, and worn for a period of hours before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment. It is believed that the cold temperature constricts the blood vessels leading to the hair follicles, reducing the amount of chemo drugs that reach the follicles during the period that the caps are worn; also, that the cold puts the follicles “to sleep,” temporarily limiting their metabolic activity. (Of note, the drugs stay in the patient’s system far longer, but reach the hair follicles when they are at somewhat diluted strength.) This process has been in use in Europe for over 20 years. Many thousands of patients in the United States have learned of and successfully used Cold Cap Therapy in the last few years.
When I began my research on this new treatment, I wasn’t thinking that loosing my hair was THAT important to me but, as I started getting more organized and understanding the various pieces and how EVERYTHING was going to come together….I felt like this treatment, along with the other treatments I pulled together would make an excellent addition to my treatment plan. Having long hair all of my life and young children helped me decide to give this a try.
It wasn’t until, I believe, I was half way through my 12 rounds of Taxol and I started to loose my “other” (the only other hair on the majority of women that maybe a little longer) hair, and it looked like “chemo” hair. It was then I realized how much loosing my hair would have effected my mood and my ability to stay positive through the entire cancer treatment process.
Overall I believe I found a listing of 4 or 5 companies here, they also have a listing for financial aid for anyone who wants to try it and feels they cant afford it! Also a way your treatment center can obtain their own a biomedical freezer for cap storage!
I chose Chemo Cold Caps for my Cold Capping.
I am very glad I did!