Scalp Cooling System in Oncology | Kent Sağlık Grubu
Hair Loss in Chemotherapy Treatment
Hair loss is one of the most obvious effects of chemotherapy. The drugs used in chemotherapy can affect healthy cells and hair in our body as well as killing cancer cells. Chemotherapy treatment may lead to different rates of hair loss depending on the application time and form of the drugs or the treatment protocol used.
What is the Scalp Cooling System?
Scalp cooling is a method used to reduce or prevent hair loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Studies and studies show that this method is effective against some drugs used in chemotherapy treatment.
Skin cooling is a method used to reduce the temperature of the skin and has been used in different ways for over 25 years. Reducing the skin temperature by a few degrees creates a limitation in the amount of blood reaching the hair follicles. Thus, protection from the effects of chemotherapy drugs carried by the bloodstream is provided.
Why Scalp Cooling System?
Hair loss is one of the most prominent effects that occur during chemotherapy treatment.
Scalp cooling offers a viable alternative to many prescription chemotherapy drugs for hair loss prevention. This results in partial or complete protection of the hair. It increases the patient’s self-confidence by providing a positive perspective to the patient in the treatment and care process. The scalp cooling system has a significant impact on the quality of life of patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.
How is it applied?
Before the treatment, the scalp of the patient is started to be cooled and the cooling process continues during chemotherapy. Due to the cooling of the scalp, it causes contraction of the capillaries in this area and the access of drugs to the scalp is prevented during chemotherapy.
Thus, the risk of hair cells being affected is minimized.
Which scalp cooling method should you use?
There are two methods currently in use:
In both methods, there is a single headgear worn before and after drug inoculation.
The original method uses ice caps made of gel frozen at -25 ° C. These are removed from the freezer and placed on the patient’s head. These headers are changed at regular intervals so that they do not get hot during use.
The alternative method, such as the Paxman hair loss prevention system, consists of lightweight silicone caps attached to a small freezing system. The cap is placed on the head and then reduces the skin temperature at a controlled rate. The headgear provides a continuous and controlled cooling of the skin during the treatment and does not have to be changed. This method is known to be more comfortable and bearable by patients and has been proven to be an effective technique.
How Long Does The Process Take?
The headgear is worn approximately 30 minutes before starting chemotherapy, depending on the type of drug applied, it continues to be worn throughout the application period of the drugs. The total wearing time of the headgear ranges from 2 hours to 5 hours, with an average of 2.5 hours.
Is the Scalp Cooling System a Useful Method?
Thousands of patients have been successfully treated. The success of the skin cooling system is not fully guaranteed, as thousands of factors can affect the result. These factors are related to age, hair style, hair structure, the type of cancer being treated and how the patient takes care of his hair during the treatment. Most drug application research and studies using the Paxman hair loss prevention system show that the success rate of patients who do not need artificial hair is between 70% and 90%.
PAXMAN Hair Loss Prevention System
- It greatly reduces the risk of hair loss and improves the patient’s self-confidence.
- It keeps the scalp at a constant level.
- It offers a high rate of patient tolerance and acceptance.
- It is easy to understand and simple to apply by both medical professionals and patients.
- Success rates have been proven.
It is important to take good care of your hair during the treatment process.
Chemotherapy can dry or thin your hair. So whatever treatment you are getting, be sure to protect your hair and take care of it as well as possible.
Use 5.5 ph balanced natural products or herbal / vegetable based hair products. Avoid applying heat, pressure, and stress to your hair.
Where is the application done?
Paxman scalp cooling application is performed in Kent Oncology Center. The consultant or clinical staff will assist you.