At a Glance:Cold cap system is designed to help reduce chemotherapy related hair loss by reducing the blood flow to the scalp and the amount of chemotherapy that reaches hair follicles.
Details: Cold caps are tight fitting hats filled with a gel coolant that’s chilled to between -15 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. These caps may help some women keep some or quite a bit of their hair during chemotherapy. Cold caps work by constricting the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, thereby decreasing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. The cold also decreases the physiologic life cycle of the hair follicles, which slows down cell division and lessens the effect of chemotherapy medications on the follicles. The usual protocol involves involves wearing the caps for 20 to 50 minutes before, during and after each chemotherapy session (the amount of time you wear the cap after the chemotherapy session depends on the type of chemotherapy you’re getting). Cold caps are similar to ice packs. Kept in a special freezer before they are worn, cold caps thaw out during a chemotherapy infusion session and need to be replaced with a new cap about every 30 minutes. Women usually rent the caps and the special freezer.Penguin are the original innovators of modern Cold Cap Therapy Systems and are renowned and trusted dramatically minimizing hair loss.
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