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Know More The Cancer Cap

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pooja Salvi tells you more about the revolutionary cancer cap that can help you keep your hair, during chemotherapy

Cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases and being diagnosed with it brings not only physical pain due to the constant, invasive treatment, but also a lot of mental distress. The stigma attached to cancer is another factor that makes it challenging to tackle the condition. Once the initial shock and confusion fades away, you are burdened with finding the right surgeon and treatment — all of which is an extremely difficult process to go through. You are left with no choice but to go through with the chemotherapy, since it is the only way to get rid of the cancer. But, for some cancer patients, losing all their hair can prove to be traumatic.

Amidst all this, the cooling cap can prove to be a big help. Research has shown that cooling the scalp works because of basic physical reactions the body creates under the changing temperature conditions. This means that when the cap (or any other extremely cold agent) is applied to your scalp, the blood vessels become constricted (something that is known as vasoconstriction). The process of vasoconstriction prevents the blood from carrying drug agents that are harmful for the hair follicles. Now that the blood vessels are constricted and they prohibit the flow of harmful agents to the hair follicles while the drug is free to work on the rest of the body and help in eradicating the cancerous cells.

It seems like a very helpful method to keep your hair during the entire process, but we still recommend you ask your oncologist to know whether you can use the cooling cap or not. Doctors don’t recommend it if you have been through chemotherapy in the past and it isn’t recommended for certain cancers such as leukaemia, lymphomas, multiple myeloma and melanoma.

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