Chemotherapy cap reduces hair loss in clinical trials
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There’s a really “cool” thing that is making a big difference for women beating breast cancer.
The “Cool Cap”, as it's called, is making a big difference in chemotherapy treatment for those with breast cancer.
There are a couple different types that have been in trials here in the local area and at other sites in Ohio.
For one mom named Jennifer Buckland, the cap made all the difference.
She had surgery and chemotherapy and wore the cap during her chemo.
During that time, she did not lose her hair at all.
The caps work like a helmet that cool off the head, literally.
She was part of its use in clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic, but in the local area patients have also participated in testing the caps in several hospitals.
A coolant runs through the cap to keep the scalp between 39 and 42 degrees before, during and after chemotherapy.
It keeps the blood vessels from constricting, and that keeps as much chemo from getting to the scalp, which reduces hair loss.