A Private and NHS hospital in Somerset has begun to offer a state of the art treatment which aims to prevent hair loss for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, with hospital staff personally trying the system first.
Cooling caps for the scalp are not exactly breaking news as a means of preventing hair loss from cancer treatment, but they have been a subject of debate for doctors. In the past, concerns were raised that whilst reducing the blood supply to the scalp would reduce the amount of cancer treatment drug reaching that area (and therefore potentially lessen the hair loss) the caps could make users more likely to develop cancer in the cooled area.
However, CircleBath hospital has made the decision to offer cooling caps to their cancer patients in Bath and surrounding communities. Discussing this controversial decision, the lead nurse for CircleBath Hospital oncology Sandra Jones explained: "We researched, deliberated and compared clinical and technical aspects of several scalp-cooling treatments before making our final decision.
"Then we decided that we needed to try the caps ourselves before offering them to our patients. DigniCap was eminently more comfortable and user-friendly. Add to that the assurance of clinically proven safety, and there was really no debate."
The high-tech cap not only cools the scalp but monitors temperature consistency, and is also the first cap to offer temperatures above freezing, making it more comfortable for patients. It being offered in a UK hospital is certainly a step towards treating cancer without hair loss occurring, but it also may be a substantial amount of time before this combative treatment is more widespread.
It is also important to recognise that treating hair loss from cancer treatment medically is not possible. However, any hair lost should usually grow back after the treatment has finished, though this may take several months. Sometimes, however, hair does not return to its previous density, and this may be due to the onset of female pattern hair loss coinciding with this other type of hair loss.
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