We want to address your every psychosocial concerns – whether it be your emotional reactions upon initial diagnosis, during treatment, to the fear of cancer recurrence.
Hair loss is regarded as the most traumatic and distressing chemotherapy-induced side effect of among female cancer survivors (insert citation). Many survivors who experience hair loss also suffer from immense psychological pressure and symptoms of depression.
Did you know? Cryotherapy can help prevent hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. The clinically proven and Food & Drug Association (FDA) approved PAXMAN scalp cooling system has helped over 100,000 cancer survivors in more than 32 countries worldwide to retain their hair during treatment.
1. The Changeable Nature of Patients’ Fears Regarding Chemotherapy – Journal of Pain and Symptom Management – February 2001
How does PAXMAN’s scalp cooling system work?
Chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells in our bodies. Hair is one of the fastest dividing cells, hence many chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. PAXMAN’s scalp cooling system lowers the temperature of the scalp immediately before, during and after chemotherapy. The constant cooler temperature can effectively constrict blood flow to the hair follicles by 60 – 80%. In other words, the amount of active chemotherapy drugs reaching the scalp can be restricted.
It is important to note that the effect of cryotherapy depends on many factors, ranging from patients’ age, type and stage of cancer, their hair type as well as overall health. The severity of hair loss also varies from person to person. Some survivors might experience severe hair loss, while others may be able to preserve their hair during chemotherapy treatment.
What are the things that we should pay attention to during cryotherapy?
1. Patients shall begin wearing the PAXMAN silicon cooling cap on their head 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy. It is to kick-start the cooling system as well as to ensure that the temperature of the scalp is dropped to the required levels.
2. Everyone reacts to cryotherapy differently. Based on previous reports, the initial 15 minutes of scalp cooling usually brings about some temporary discomfort. Such discomfort is tolerable and should subside shortly after.
3. It is useful to practice deep breathing during the initial stage of scalp cooling for relaxation purposes.
4. The cooling cap must remain on the patient until chemotherapy is completed.
5. It is normal to find a thin layer of frost on the scalp after cryotherapy.