Does scalp cooling help prevent hair loss after chemotherapy?
Full article: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2601503
Hair loss is one of the most recognized and distressing side effects of some chemotherapies. Two studies looked at the use of scalp cooling therapy to help reduce hair loss after chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. (5/15/17)
Update: Based on data from clinical trials, the FDA approved Dignicap scalp cooling device for treatment in patients diagnosed with solid tumors who are receiving chemotherapy.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) includes the following information on scalp cooling in their breast cancer treatment guidelines:
- Consider scalp cooling to reduce incidence of hair loss for patients undergoing neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy. Scalp cooling may be less effective in reducing hair loss from anthracycline chemotherapies compared to other types of chemotherapy.
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Will my treatment result in temporary hair loss?
- Will my hair likely grow back the way it was before?
- What is scalp cooling?
- What side effects can occur after scalp cooling?
- How much does scalp cooing cost? Will it be covered by my health insurance?
- What other therapies are available to help with my hair loss after chemotherapy?
- What other side effects should I expect after chemotherapy?
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