As a family business borne out of our chairman’s wife losing her hair whilst receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, Paxman know first-hand that this is often devastating.
We also know that many patients rank hair loss as their most feared and experienced side effect of chemotherapy treatment. The psychological effect is high and can have a dramatic impact on self-esteem – but there is an alternative.
Scalp cooling can be used to combat chemotherapy-induced alopecia and has a hugely positive impact on the confidence, strength and hope of the people who choose to use it.
Patient care is at the heart of everything we do and it’s our goal to ensure that everyone, no matter where in the world, has the opportunity to keep their hair during chemotherapy.
It’s time for you to take back some control.
What is scalp cooling?
Scalp cooling is a simple treatment that can prevent hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs. The use of scalp cooling or ‘cold caps’ is proven to be an effective way of combating chemotherapy-induced hair loss and can result in a high level of retention or completely preserve the hair. For patients, this means the opportunity to regain some control, maintain their privacy and encourage a positive attitude towards treatment.
Why does chemotherapy make hair fall out?
Chemotherapy works by targeting all rapidly dividing cells in the body. Hair is the second fastest dividing cell in the body and this is the reason why many chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss.
The hair follicles in the growth phase are attacked, resulting in hair loss approximately 2 weeks after the commencement of chemotherapy.
How does scalp cooling work?
The damage that chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be alleviated by scalp cooling. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles which may prevent or minimise the hair loss. The Paxman Scalp Cooling System offers a comfortable and tolerable option over other scalp cooling methods due to its excellent heat extraction technology.
Does the hair always fall out?
Many chemotherapy drugs including taxanes and anthracyclines used to treat cancer will cause hair loss. Please consult your medical team for advice.
How long does it take?
30 minutes pre-infusion cooling, during infusion and for up to 90 minutes after drug infusion.
For more detail visit: paxmanscalpcooling.com