Paxman Scalp cooling is coming to Maryland Oncology in May 2019!
What is scalp cooling?
A Simple Definition: Scalp cooling is a simple procedure that can help prevent hair loss that is caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.
The Paxman Scalp Cooling System is a clinically proven non-drug treatment that greatly reduces hair loss, called chemotherapy-induced alopecia, caused by chemotherapy treatment. The use of scalp cooling is proven to be an effective way of combating chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) and can result in a high level of hair retention or can completely preserve the hair.
Why does chemotherapy make your 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.
What does this mean for cancer patients?
CIA can be one of the most distressing and troublesome side effects cancer patients face, often affecting their self-esteem, sexuality, body image, and overall well-being. The Paxman Scalp Cooling System gives cancer patients the opportunity to regain some control, maintain their privacy, and encourage a positive attitude toward cancer treatment.
How does scalp cooling work?
The damage that chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be eased by cooling the scalp. Scalp cooling works by lowering the temperature of the scalp immediately before, during, and after the patient's chemotherapy treatments. Cooling the scalp and keeping it at a consistent, cooler temperature causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to hair follicles, which may prevent or minimize hair loss. It is important to continue with scalp cooling each time you receive chemotherapy to get the full benefits of hair preservation.
Does it hurt?
It shouldn't hurt. The cold will the most noticeable the first 10-15 minutes. Deep breathing can help at the initial stages of scalp cooling. If you are still uncomfortable after about 20 minutes, talk with your care provider about additional steps to reduce your discomfort. The treatment is known to give a small percentage of patients headaches.
If you are interested in learning more about scalp cool and if it is right for you, please contact your Maryland Oncology cancer care provider. For more information and to watch instructional videos, please visit PaxmanUSA.com.