The DigniCap® scalp cooling system is a new breakthrough medical device for women undergoing chemotherapy.
At Breastlink, we believe care should be comprehensive. Our team of experts are continuously looking at new ways to provide optimum care and comfort to our patients during their breast health journey. As part of our commitment to offer the latest in cancer care, we are excited to announce the addition of the DigniCap® scalp cooling system as a Breastlink service for our patients.
What is the DigniCap® scalp cooling system?
DigniCap® is a medical device that reduces chemotherapy hair loss. Given the stakes involved in cancer treatment, hair loss may seem like a minor issue. However, hair is an important part of every person’s identity. Losing it can cause damage to self-image, self-confidence, and dignity. It can also compromise privacy, by turning a private struggle into a public one.
The use of DigniCap® may help these issues by reducing, and even preventing most of the hair loss a patient may experience during treatment.
How Does It Work?
There are two parts to the DigniCap® system. The first is a silicone cap that fits comfortably over the head. The second is a cooling system, attached to the cap. Once the cap is placed on the head, the technician activates the machine, pumping coolant through the cap and gradually lowering the temperature of the scalp to 41-37°F. Safety sensors in the cap regulate the temperature, ensuring it never falls below 32°F. The cap stays on throughout the entire chemotherapy session. The cold temperature constricts blood flow to the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy drugs reaching the hair follicles.
How Effective is the DigniCap® scalp cooling system?
Over two-thirds of women who have used DigniCap® during chemotherapy kept at least half of their hair. Every patient is different and so is every chemotherapy regime so results do vary. At Breastlink, we provide patients with access to treatment options intended to achieve the best possible outcome. Our goal, by working as a team, is to achieve optimal comprehensive care – care that is specific to each individual patient. Request an appointment with one of our medical oncologists before starting treatment, to see if they can help you.
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