Scalp Cooling Caps
Ground-breaking Scalp Cooling Treatment in Central and North Central Pa. Cancer Centers
Patients receiving chemotherapy can now use scalp cooling treatment. The caps decrease the likelihood of losing your hair from chemo.
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the first in central Pa. to offer scalp cooling for people receiving certain chemotherapy treatments. We also offer scalp cooling caps at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport.
Why Does Chemo Cause Hair Loss?
Hair is the second fastest dividing cell, and chemo works by targeting all quickly dividing cells in the body. Chemo attacks the hair follicles in the growth phase, causing hair loss about two weeks after treatment.
How Does Scalp Cooling Treatment Work?
The scalp cooling treatment, or 'cold cap,' lessens the damage chemo causes to the hair follicle. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees before, during, and after treatment.
The success of scalp cooling depends on many factors. Research has shown it can be safe and effective for certain chemo drugs used to treat cancer.
Studies show that patients with early-stage cancer who used the cold cap were more likely to keep at least some hair.
Losing your hair can be an emotional part of chemotherapy. Cooling caps can ease the added stress of losing their hair while receiving treatment.
Ask your care team if it's an option for you.