dismiss

Garage Sale Auctions: Over 700 lots are available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY...starting at just $1! Click here to bid now!

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

 

 

Oncology Homepage

Researchers develop AI approach for high-risk clinical tumor volumes Assisting low- and middle-income countries that lack contouring expertise

Dr. Benjamin Movsas American Radium Society Names president-elect

Tennessee governor vetoes state employee proton therapy coverage Would require PT to be covered under the same aggregate amount as IMRT

European medical center first to perform linac-based MR-guided RT using on-table adaptation Made possible with ViewRay's MRIdian Linac

Hospital in Italy performs radiosurgery with Brainlab's Elements Spine SRS software Automatically plans treatments for complex parts of the body

AI approach used to study Mars now assessing tumor response to therapies Could reduce sample sizes and accelerate process for approval of cancer therapies

Thermal imaging in development could provide real-time ablation views Taking guesswork and additional imaging out of the equation

PPI to purchase Elekta MR-linac systems for £25 million Will install at five cancer centers across the UK

Dr. Nancy P. Mendenhall Medical Director of UF Health Proton Therapy selected by University of Florida as 2018 Clinical Science Researcher of the Year

ViewRay showcases enhancements to MRIdian Linac system at ESTRO Will offer MR pulse sequencing capabilities

Cold cap can combat hair loss from chemo for breast cancer

by Thomas Dworetzky , Contributing Reporter
A cooling cap that prevents hair loss during chemotherapy has come through its clinical trials and can make a huge difference to the quality of life of patients, Dr. Paula Klein, medical director, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, Mount Sinai Health System in New York told NY1.

One such happy patient was Donna Tookes, a patient who was treated with the cap during her breast cancer therapy and had been resigned to hair loss. She told the station, “I accepted it.”

Story Continues Below Advertisement

The (#1 Resource) for Medical Imaging and Peripherals. Call 1-949-273-8000

As a Master Distributor for major brands Barco, Philips, and Sony, we offer custom imaging solutions. With our renowned OEM Solutions and Service/Repair Center, Ampronix is a one-stop shop for HD Medical LCD Displays--Printers--Recorders--4K Cameras



In fact, she did not have to.

Thanks to her participation in a trial of the Dignicap from Dignitana headed by Klein, she didn't lose any hair at all.

The cap “literally freezes the scalp so that it shuts down blood vessels,” Klein told NY1. “Less chemotherapy is delivered to the scalp.”

The cap Klein used pumps coolant through it. The patient's hair is wet and this keeps the temperature of scalp and hair near freezing during therapy. This constricts the blood vessels in the region, and thus reduces the amount of anti-cancer drugs that reach hair follicles.

The scalp-cooling technique has been in use for years in Europe, but is only now gaining FDA clearance and seeing greater use in the U.S. There had been fears that sparing the scalp from treatment might allow cancer to spread to that area. But clinical evidence from Europe has now suggested that this is not the case.

“In Europe they do not show a significant increase in scalp metastases,” said Klein.

The cooling system which chills the hair and scalp to just above freezing during therapy received the agency's okay for a multicenter clinical trial in 2015.

“Some of today’s most powerful, lifesaving chemotherapy treatments still cause complete hair loss, a side effect that many women consider to be emotionally devastating,” Dr. Hope S. Rugo, principal investigator for the study and Director of Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center noted in a 2015 statement about the trials.

In the Mt. Sinai trials about seven out of 10 early-stage breast cancer patients kept at least half their hair without any negative events linked to the cooling cap.



The FDA clearance is, for the present, limited to early-stage breast cancer, but Klein stated that she thinks it will eventually find more widespread use.

“I am extremely excited to finally be able to offer patients scalp cooling during chemotherapy, which allows them to retain normalcy and privacy in their lives,” she stressed.

For patients, the loss of hair is among the most important chemo side effects, according to a 2008 article published in the journal Psycho-Oncology by Julie Lemieux, Elizabeth Maunsell and Louise Provencher.

They found that “chemotherapy-induced hair loss is considered to be the most important side effect of chemotherapy, frequently ranking among the first three for breast cancer patients, and can lead to refusal of chemotherapy. Secondly, it is described by breast cancer women as causing distress and as being traumatizing. Thirdly, there might be an impact on body image, although not all studies reported this association.”

Oncology Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2018 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED