A cancer diagnosis can be devastating and unfortunately many patients have to deal with a difficult side effect often associated with cancer treatment. Very often cancer treatment drugs cause hair loss. This can create emotional trauma and a loss of self confidence at a particularly vulnerable time. But a treatment has been developed over decades and recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration that offers dignity and hope for cancer patients who’ve lost their hair. RHRLI wants you to know about this new treatment option called scalp cooling.
RHRLI Helps Patients Looking for a Permanent Solution to Hair Loss
RHRLI treats patients with all different types of hair loss. We offer a permanent solution called the ARTAS® System and it’s a non-invasive hair restoration procedure that uses robotic technology to give you a new healthy head of hair. Because we know our patients are interested in all types of hair loss and treatments that prevent hair loss, we want to tell you about scalp cooling and what it means for cancer patients.
Why Cancer Patients Lose their Hair
Hair loss is not uncommon for patients who undergo chemotherapy treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, this occurs because chemotherapy drugs are very powerful medications that attack cancer cells. The down side of this is that they also attack other cells in a patient’s body that, like cancer cells, grow rapidly. This can cause hair loss throughout the entire body. In addition to losing the hair on your head, cancer patients can lose hair in other areas including eyelashes, eyebrows, and body hair.
All About Scalp Cooling
As we mentioned, scalp cooling has been around in some form for decades but recent innovation has moved it more into the mainstream. According to CNBC, it operates on the principle that dropping the temperature on the scalp before, during and after chemotherapy treatments will constrict the blood vessels in the head. This keeps the chemotherapy from reaching the hair follicles, and it’s also believed that scalp cooling will slow down activity on the follicles which will make those cells less attractive to chemotherapy, which goes after rapidly growing cells. In 2015, the FDA cleared a Swedish based company Dignitana to market a scalp cooling treatment. In 2017, a second company Paxman was also cleared. Patients say it makes a difference.
“My particular course of chemo, there’s 100 percent hair loss,” cancer patient Brynn Kemper, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, told KOMO-TV in Seattle. With scalp cooling treatment, her hair thinned out but it wasn’t very noticeable.
“Being able to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and recognize the person I saw looking back at me, helped me power through the treatment,” she said. “I felt strong. I felt healthy.”
RHRLI and ARTAS Can Transform Your Life
In most cases chemotherapy patients see their hair grow back, usually within a matter of months. For those who are looking for a permanent solution to hair loss, RHRLI and ARTAS® can help. Unlike other hair transplants that involve scalpels and sutures or handheld devices, ARTAS® will give you healthy looking hair with robotic precision. It’s virtually pain free. To schedule a consultation, contact RHRLI today.