Losing your hair may not be the most physically painful side effect of chemotherapy, but it's certainly one of the most gut-wrenching emotionally. Not only does a bald scalp change your appearance, but many women, especially, say it broadcasts an illness that they'd rather keep private.
Now that devastating side effect may be a thing of the past for cancer patients, thanks to these groundbreaking hair caps that were just approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The DigniCap is a device that chills the scalp, making it harder for the cancer-fighting drugs to reach the hair follicles.
Cancer patients strap on the cap about a half hour before chemotherapy starts until their scalp is numb. They stay hooked up to the device during the treatment, and for an hour afterward.
SONY DSCPosted by DigniCap México on Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The cap was studied in clinical trials at the University of California, San Francisco, before being approved by the FDA; in them, two-thirds of the 122 women studied kept more than half their hair.
The company that makes the DigniCap will make them available to cancer centers around the country. There will be a charge for using them, with costs ranging from $1,500 to $3,000, which may be covered by insurance.
Colocación del DigniCapPosted by DigniCap México on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Colocación del DigniCap
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