• Has anyone used an "ice cap" during chemo?

    Asked by Rosy52 on Monday, March 18, 2013

    Has anyone used an "ice cap" during chemo?

    Heard about the ice cap from a friend whose sister used it. Has anyone found it effective to slow hair loss? I've got my first infusion on Thursday. Thanks.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Drop in on @Loafer she used one of these. You can click on the link here and go to her page.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I have a friend who used ice caps and was able to retain all of her hair during chemo. I chose not to use them because I read that they may keep the chemo from working on the (possible cancer) cells in your head--I'm not putting this very well--but that it would be better to let the chemo work throughout your body instead of trying to block their work on your head just to retain your hair.

      To me, hair just isn't that important. You can buy any number of wigs, etc. to take care of baldness. I wanted to avail myself of all of the benefits chemo could give me. Just another viewpoint. Good luck with your decision making.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      An ice cap was not an option for me since I had Lymphoma and any cancer that involves blood cells, the cold can inhibit the chemo working properly. That being said, I found it to be somewhat of a blessing not to have to deal with my hair while I was in treatment, and not to have to hold my hair back while I was vomiting.

      over 3 years ago

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