For some cancer patients, the fear of hair loss is real. Some cancer treatments make people lose some or all their hair, most often in clumps during shampooing or brushing.
Radiation therapy to the head often causes scalp hair loss. Sometimes, depending on the dose of radiation to the head, the hair does not grow back the same as it was before.
A Grand Strand hospital has some new technology called scalp cooling that could prevent hair loss in people undergoing chemotherapy while battling cancer.
The blue caps are among the newest pieces of equipment at the Tidelands Health Imaging Center in Murrells Inlet.
A cold gel runs through the cap’s blue ridges and the caps are already helping thousands of chemotherapy patients worldwide.
“By cooling the hair follicle, you restrict the blood flow to that area, and thus, hopefully, reducing the hair loss,” said Tim Laugh, who’s the cancer services director at Tidelands Health.
Doctors say the cold caps can block chemotherapy medicine from killing hair follicles, which causes patients to lose hair. Anyone who wears the caps should wet their hair, use a special conditioner and put on a thin, protective cap.
According to Laugh, the key is feeling less stressed and more at ease. Generally the treatment outcomes have been shown to be a lot better for patients in this category.
Another sure way of stopping hair loss is by using hair oils. Oils are essential for hair growth and prevention of hair loss too.
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