Scalp cooling caps are wanted for sufferers CREDIT: Paxman Scalp Cooling
Submitted by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Belief
An enchantment has been launched by East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity based mostly on the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire to fund a brand new set of scalp cooling caps to assist extra sufferers hold extra of their hair whereas present process chemotherapy at Mount Vernon Most cancers Centre in Northwood.
Hair loss will be one of the crucial upsetting unwanted side effects of chemotherapy. It’s the most seen signal that an individual is having therapy for most cancers and may have an effect on self-confidence and sense of id.
Scalp cooling caps have been proven to scale back hair loss, with 50 % of sufferers retaining at the very least half of their hair.
The caps work by narrowing the blood vessels beneath the pores and skin of the scalp, decreasing the quantity of chemotherapy drugs that reaches the hair follicles. With much less chemotherapy drugs within the follicles, the hair is much less more likely to fall out. The chilly additionally slows down cell division within the hair follicles, which implies they’re much less affected by the chemotherapy drugs.
Kim Kelly, from Northwood, had therapy for ovarian most cancers at Mount Vernon Most cancers Centre in December final yr and is supporting the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity enchantment to boost the £44,000 wanted to buy one other twin scalp cooler machine, that means much more sufferers would profit from the cooling caps. “After I was instructed that I wanted chemotherapy I had preconceived concepts of what would occur to me bodily,” mentioned Kim, 54.
“I used to be prepared to chop off my shoulder size hair and embrace my hair loss. I then spoke to a pal who instructed me concerning the scalp cooling system. She had used the chilly caps throughout her therapy for breast most cancers and had saved most of her hair.
“After I began my therapy I used to be lucky that the scalp cooling cap was supplied to me, however warned about the way it feels. It is like experiencing mind freeze because the temperature of the chilly cap is -5 o C. After the primary quarter-hour it turns into extra bearable.
“I’m so pleased that I used the chilly cap as I did hold most of my hair. I did not realise how a lot this helped me psychologically.
“At current Mount Vernon Most cancers Centre have six machines for this, and I might love for extra folks to have the choice of utilizing a chilly cap as a result of it actually does make a distinction to your wellbeing.”
To assist fund these much-needed caps and save extra sufferers at Mount Vernon Most cancers Centre present process therapy for most cancers the extra upset of hair loss, go to: www.enhhcharity.org.uk/coolingcaps