• using a cold cap

    Asked by marmot on Sunday, September 16, 2012

    using a cold cap

    Anyone have a thought on whether a cold cap would help with hair loss during chemo treatments?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi Marmot: I know a woman who had breast cancer. She used cold caps throughout her treatment . She kept her hair, though I've since read that using cold caps can prevent the chemo meds from killing possible cancer cells in your head. That's why I'm not following her advice...I'm planning to be bald in about 2 weeks, as my first chemo is Tuesday. Better bald, I think, than having cancer yet another time. (I'm on my second time around...so far.) Good luck with whatever you decide!

      almost 6 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      Hey Marmot.. I have heard mixed reviews regarding the cold caps. It looks like they have worked for some, and others not. Everyone's head responds to chemo a little bit differently.

      I wouldn't think it would hurt much to try, but if your chemotherapy regimen comes with a chance of hair loss.. don't be too surprised if it does start falling out! Once I was over the initial shock, I quickly began to see the positive aspects of being bald... and I quite enjoy it really!

      The only downside is getting a cold head.. and I use one of these awesome knit caps when I'm around the house. It makes life cozy... here's a link to the caps/a site with lots of head covering options.


      almost 6 years ago
    • Malibu's Avatar

      Yes, I used Penguin Cold Caps, and saved all my hair. They are the only product out there that works for chemo hair loss. I had 6 chemos of Taxotere.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Malibu's Avatar

      My Oncologist felt it was safe to use, as it does not prevent the chemo from going to the scalp, which is a misconception. If you look on their website www.PenguinColdCaps.com you will see lots of data and clinical studies from Europe showing it is safe and effective. In Europe it is standard of care to provide cold cap therapy, and the hospitals provide it for the patients, which I am sure they would not do if it was dangerous!

      almost 6 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I think it is really up to the person how important is keeping your hair to you. Yes, it is traumatic to most, but once you begin treatments, you have so much more to worry about. I found it actually a blessing when I was throwing up, my hair wasn't in the way!

      almost 6 years ago

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