New Treatment Option Will Help Cancer Patients Keep Hair

New Treatment Option Will Help Cancer Patients Keep Hair Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - A new treatment offered in St. Cloud will help cancer patients going through chemotherapy keep their hair.

The Coborn Cancer Center will begin to offer the Paxman Scalp Cooling system to patients dealing with certain types of cancers on Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Paxman Scalp Cooling System in early 2017 for breast cancer patients; in 2018 the FDA expanded the clearance for use in all solid tumor cancer patients.

The damage chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be alleviated by using the scalp cooling treatment. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.

Patients interested in the scalp cooling system should discuss it with their cancer care provider.

If you need help to pay for Paxman Scalp Cooling, scholarships are available from the CentraCare Health Foundation.

Another option is Hair To Stay, a national non-profit subsidizing scalp cooling patient in the United States.

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