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Cold cap during chemo

Cheri Member Posts: 7
edited September 22 in Newly diagnosed
Has anyone tried it, did it work to reduce hair loss? 


  • GinGin
    GinGin Member Posts: 53
    Hi @Cheri
    I’m starting chemo next week and have discussed cold cap with my medical oncologist. Whether it works, depends on the type of chemo drugs you are given. In my case, the success rate is low (30%) so he has not recommended it.

    Have a chat with your medical oncologist and he/she will be able to advise. However, if you know what type of drugs you will be given, below is the calculator.

  • Cheri
    Cheri Member Posts: 7
    edited September 15
    @GinGin thanks for that will check it out.All the best for your chemo, I might also be staring next week. I'm here if you want to vent or share xxx
  • Fifilamour
    Fifilamour Member Posts: 14
    Hello @Cheri
    I had the cold cap in 2016/17 and while I did lose hair I was able to wear a wide headband, like those hiking ones you wear round your neck, and you couldn’t tell. My hairline at the back receded a little, the front stayed normal and I had baldish patches where the headband went. It was unnoticeable with headband.
    Im glad I did it as it made me feel like I wasn’t obviously sick. Panadol beforehand helps as it’s a bit achy at first. Good luck!
    Fifi lamour
  • Daina-BCNA
    Daina-BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 10
    Hi @Cheri, glad to see you have some of the members jump in and share their experience - hopefully some more will shortly. In the meantime I have done a search within the Online Network and there a quite a few discussions around that might be worth a read - cap&scope=site&source=community

    Also, there is an article on our website that talks about Hair loss and in particular scalp cooling -

    All the best for your treatment and please check back to keep us up to date. - Daina 
  • Tarma
    Tarma Member Posts: 53
    Hi @Cheri
    Like Gin, because of the drugs im being given I was told my hair wouldn't survive treatment.  And the cold cap was never realy an option for me anyways as I get migraines occasionally and the cap may trigger those .. 

    Did you start chemo this week ? 
    Let us know how you're going 😊

  • RiRi
    RiRi Member Posts: 1
    Hi @Cheri
    I just had 18weeks of Paclitaxel with the cold cap and have kept all of my hair. As the others' mentioned, it depends on which chemo you have and everyone's body is different. 
    My nurse had great advice and said, you can always stop the cap if you decide you can't keep doing it. 
    All the best