The same questions about scalp cooling are often asked and there is usually a very simple answer. Here’s a round up of the most commonly posed questions and our answers to them.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Yes, there are no side effects.
Q. Will it work for me?
A. There is a very good chance it will, but it cannot be guaranteed. It is important to understand that you may experience some hair loss. Success rates depend on many variable factors including the individual and the chemotherapy drugs being given. If you know what drugs are being used and the dosage, please speak to your nurse or contact Paxman for further information.
Q. How cold will it be?
A. Cold at first, but not unbearable. It is much less noticeable after 10 – 15 minutes.
Q. Will it give me headache?
A. Generally not for most patients, but it does affect a small number.
Q. How long does the cap have to be worn?
A. 20 – 30 minutes before the start of your chemotherapy, during the period of receiving your chemotherapy and between 45 minutes and 3 hours after, but this is dependent on the chemotherapy drugs you are being given. The average total time is 2½ – 3 hours.
Q. Will the rest of my body feel cold?
A. This does not normally happen, but if it does, a blanket will be provided to keep you warm.
Q. Will I get frost bite?
A. No, precautions are taken to protect exposed areas of skin.
Q. What happens if I need to go to the bathroom?
A. The cap is quickly and easily disconnected from the system, and will keep the scalp at the desired temperature for up to 10 minutes without affecting the scalp cooling process.
Q. Are my movements restricted?
A. Patients can sit or recline in chairs, or lay down.
Q. Will I be able to read, fall asleep or have a drink?
For further information, please speak to your nursing staff or contact Paxman Coolers Ltd directly.