PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines
Hair loss, especially in women, is one of the most feared results during chemotherapy treatment. Many women do not undergo chemotherapy treatments for fear of being bald, so the new cool caps treatment offers hope for women with breast cancer, said Dr. Tessa Cigler, oncologist of Well Cornell Center.
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, better known by the acronym FDA has approved the use of "Cold Cap" but only to be used by women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy cancer treatments.
Cold caps are filled with a special gel which is cooled between 15 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and in experiments with women with breast cancer have helped reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. The intense cold constricts or narrows blood vessels of the scalp reducing the amount of drug that gets into the hair follicles. Follicles with less invasion of medications can stay stronger and less likely to fall.
DigniCap is the name of cooling treatment uses a controlled by a computer that controls the flow of refrigerant circuit during chemotherapy treatment device. Sweden was the first country to apply this method and is already used in countries like New Zealand and Australia.
Before approval in the United States, were conducted clinical trials with women suffering from breast cancer and the result was encouraging. Seven out of ten women in chemotherapy treatment, retained at least 50% of their hair.
The study of cold device was led by Dr. Hope Rugo of the University of California and was tested among 106 women who lost less than 50% of their hair during the study, while they were exposed to chemotherapy treatment.
Generally, each cold cap is used about 30 minutes while receiving chemotherapy and when heated is changed to other cold cap. The caps are so cold that force women to protect themselves with blankets and heavy clothing to avoid headaches.
There are different brands of cold caps and can cost between $ 400 and $ 500, but can also be rented at a lower price.
The cold cap the DigniCap brand is the only one that has been approved in the US by the FDA in December 2015 and the Agency has ensured that the risk of skin problems metastases are very rare.
It is recommended that before using this new device discuss with your doctor the advantages and disadvantages of using these cold caps.
In my personal experience, I received a letter from Jenni of New Jersey, where she told me that her mother while subjected to chemotherapy used a syrup of aloe vera, honey and brandy. I spread through the Internet and among other notable results were not dropped the hair and only lost color.
NOTE: Luis Quiroz Ravines is a Peruvian journalist specializing in Natural Health, author of several books and creator of natural products, including a homemade lotion to stop hair loss in men and women, you can learn more at : Hair Loss Natural Solution.com