Spire Little Aston Hospital now offers scalp cooling treatment for patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment.
Hair loss during chemotherapy can be distressing for patients and it is a very visable sign of the treatment that they are going through.
Scalp cooling is a method used for lowering the temperature of the scalp, restricting the amount of blood reaching the hair folicles thereby protecting them from the effects of the concentrated chemotherapy drugs carried in the blood stream.
The treatment requires patients to wear a cap approximately 30 minutes before commencement of chemotherapy, continues to be worn during administration and then for a calculated time afterwards, which is dependant on the types of drugs being administered.
The success of scalp cooling treatment cannot be guaranteed as a number of factors can affect the outcome. These include age, hair type, hair condition, the type of cancer being treated and how a patient looks after their hair during treatment.
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