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Winston-salem Doctors Testing Cap To Prevent Hair Loss In Chemo Patients

In the beginning, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in the country participating in the FDA study. Now, five hospitals are participating in the second phase of the trial, which began last visit the website September. Dr. Susan Melin, associate professor of Internal Medicine-Hematology and Oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, currently has 12 patients enrolled in the study. Melin says some doctors worry stopping the chemotherapy from reaching the scalp reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
http://myfox8.com/2014/03/06/winston-salem-doctors-testing-cap-to-prevent-hair-loss-in-chemo-patients/

Cold Caps May Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss

She was undergoing chemotherapy and didnt want to tell anyone about her breast cancer. Her oncologist was only reluctantly supportive, telling her later when she came through chemo without any hair loss that he had not believed the cold caps would work. The primary problem is that cold caps have to be kept much colder than the average freezer can make them. This meant that breast cancer patients, their friends, and families had to go through an awkward dance involving thermometers and timers to chill the caps using dry ice and then get them on the patients head fast enough for them to be effective. Billigmeier and her friends raised the money to buy a biomedical freezer for the cancer center where she received treatment, and then decided to continue the fundraising on a national level. Cold Caps for Chemotherapy Hair Loss: Costs, Risks and Benefits One fact there is no way around is that a cold cap at first feels unbearably cold.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/breast-cancer/cold-caps-may-prevent-chemotherapy-hair-loss.aspx

UCSF tests cold caps to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy

Deborah Cohan (right), UCSF obstetrician and gynecologist, gets a hug from Shannon Weber before chemotherapy. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle UCSF physician Deborah Cohan wears a DigniCap to help minimize hair loss during chemotherapy. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle UCSF physician Deborah Cohan wears a DigniCap to help minimize hair... Different colored DigniCap's, silicon cooling caps, indicating different sizes hang on a rack at the Ida Friend Infusion Center at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, January 31, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Different colored DigniCap's, silicon cooling caps, indicating... Deborah Cohan (l to r), UCSF obstetrician and gynecologist, adjusts her IV before Cohan's chemotherapy treatment at the Ida Friend Infusion Center in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, January 31, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif.
http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/UCSF-tests-cold-caps-to-reduce-hair-loss-during-5225989.php

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