After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, 27-year old beautician, Nadia Brown was devastated to learn she would lose her hair during chemotherapy. However, after undergoing cooling cap treatment, the brunette has managed to keep her long luscious locks and is now speaking out in the hope of helping other cancer patients who are concerned about losing their hair in their brave battle against the disease.
What is cooling cap treatment?
Cooling cap treatment has been gaining a lot of media attention in recent months, though it has faced some criticism from experts. Throughout chemotherapy, the patient wears a cooling cap which works by cooling the scalp and restricting the blood flow to the hair’s follicles.
So far cooling caps have shown remarkable results and Nadia is a great example of how successful they can be. She wore the cap for four hours at a time, over 12 cycles of chemotherapy. Once treatment was complete, she was delighted that she had managed to keep her hair.
Not only did this help to preserve her self-esteem, but it also helped to keep her spirits alive to battle the disease head on.
Why does chemotherapy cause hair loss?
Hair loss is a very common side effect of chemotherapy and it can have devastating effects on sufferers. So why exactly does it happen?
Chemotherapy drugs are extremely powerful and they work by attacking the cancer cells and destroying them. However, they also end up attacking other cells within the body, including those found within the roots of the hair.
It isn’t just the hair on your head that’s at risk either.
Many patients lose the hair all over their body including the eyelashes and eyebrows. The extent of the hair loss depends upon the dose of chemotherapy being given. Some patients experience slight thinning, while others lose all of their hair.
Overall, cooling caps are still being trialled, but as Nadia shows, they can be really effective and provide hope to those who desperately want to maintain their hair whilst battling the disease.