I was diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carincoma breast cancer in October and I’m 23. Currently on Taxol and Carboplatin every week for 9 weeks then Epirubicin & Cyclophosphamide 3 weekly after. One of the first things I said to the doctor after he told me my diagnosis was what about my hair whilst crying and laughing because I couldn’t quite believe what he had told me. The nurse mentioned the cold cap which I was already aware of as my mother had breast cancer 10 years ago.
Ive had the paxman cold cap every time I’ve had Chemo for the last 3 treatments and I haven’t lost any hair. It isn’t as bad as people think it is, it’s cold to begin with but just make sure you have paracetamol about 30 mins before and you’ll be fine. Put lots of water and condtioner on it and you’ll find you have icicles once it comes off haha, it’s very numb for a little while so make sure you bring a hat.
I don’t wash my hair half as much anymore because I’m terrified of losing it and when I do wash it (which is tops twice a week now) I only dry my front bits with cold air and let the rest dry naturally. When it starts to feel greasy I just put dry shampoo on it and put it up. If your hair is important to you definitely go for the cold cap, it’s tolerable! It’s just like your head being in a cold pool. I tell myself it’s a spa treatment to cope! Another thing I’ve found helps me is making sure I still do my make up to go for treatment, I just think it makes you feel better and positive. I hope this has helped anyone, we can get through this!!!! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Positive vibes everyone Xxx
Hi. I start my first ever chemo 21november. Every week 1.5 hours for 3months. I am told it’s a low dose
its all new to me. I am still not accepting it’s me we’re talking about. I just had a masectomy.
I want to use the cold cap. I will have my layers cut slightly shorter as I have shoulder length long layered hair
i have been told I might not loose my hair with it been low dose. It want to take precautions
what is TEC please
Thank you for sharing your stories and best of luck with your treatment!
I have a family member who started chemotherapy less than two weeks ago.She is now considering using the cooling cap,but fears that it won't have much of an effect since she didn't use it in her first session.Her hair hasn't yet thinned more than usual though.Does anyone have any information about this? I know that the elasto gel caps website says that the caps shouldn't be used after the first course of chemotherapy,but I would like to hear from your experiences
hi there-I just finished using the Penguin Cold caps thru 4 rounds of TC infusions--I have kept 85-90 % of my hair!- am 2 weeks out from last round and am still shedding about 25-30 strands a day but no widened part, no scalp showing, and no clumps--I look normal to myself though hair feels thinner and totally normal to everyone else. I usually flat iron my shoulder length hair but now just touch up ends and let hair dry ntaurally- is naturally wavy and it looks fuller. the 7 hour capping process each time was long and grueling but so worth it- my daughter was my partner and really stepped up- I highly recommend capping and highly recommend Penguin--you rent the caps- it is expensive--495/month but you can rent used ones for 300 /month- you have to ask about this- they dont offer up front.=Go for it!