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Lu2
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Hello All,

Has anyone used chemo cap?  A nurse told my brother about it, but not sure if it works. 

Thank you!

 

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OO7
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My close friend used one when she was sixteen, seventeen years ago.  She is a Hodgkins survivor and said it did work.  She told me this when I was diagnosed three years ago.  Sorry thats all I can tell you.  She said her hair only thinned but was fine.

Best of luck.

 

 

 

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lindary
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I wish I had heard about them before I started chemo back in 2015.  

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OO7
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My dear friend was sixteen, as a young  girl with Hodgkin's lymphoma she was terrified to lose her hair so she researched.  She then learned of the cap and cooling her hdad to save her hair.  It worked.

Have you tried biotin?  My Onc friend swears by it.

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lindary
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I have been taking the Biotin since late last year. I a not sure if it is helping the hair to grow in more but my nails are definitely growing faster. 

 

PBL
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I have heard (from a nurse at the hospital where I am treated) and read that they may not be a good idea for patients with hematological cancers, for which it is essential to have the medications circulate everywhere.

Besides, it also seems that chemo caps cause a lot of discomfort for very relative cosmetic results.

However I do not have any first-hand or second-hand experience.

Here are a couple of references on the topic:

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/hair-loss/cold-caps.html

https://www.lymphomas.org.uk/about-lymphoma/treatment-lymphoma/side-effects-lymphoma-treatment/hair-loss

This quote is from the latter site:

"You might have heard of something called ‘cold capping’ or ‘scalp cooling’, which can reduce hair loss. Cold capping works by reducing the flow of blood carrying chemotherapy to your hair and is not recommended for people with lymphoma. This is because you could have lymphoma cells in the blood vessels of your scalp. If you wear a cold cap, the cells are more likely to survive chemotherapy, making the treatment less effective."

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mstar89
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My oncologist also told me this.

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Miracle3
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So I'm not diagnosed, but waiting on results. I have heard the same thing about the caps. For lymphoma they are not recommended. Same reason using hair growth stimulaMrs like Rogaine are not to be used until permission from an oncologist (obviously after treatment). I'm not a doctor...just what I've heard many times.

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