DigniCap, a new cooling cap, is all set to help patients undergoing chemotherapy prevent hair loss.
Developments and advancements in science and medicine have contributed to the emergence of new treatments for many diseases that were earlier life-threatening and potentially dangerous. Cancer, probably the most feared disease ever, is now easy to treat, especially at initial stages.
There is, however, little research and development on the different ways to combat the side effects of medications and treatment measures undertaken to fight cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation do leave an individual cancer-free, but to a huge cost. Many patients have suffered a great deal of physical and mental stress post treatment, and have shown a decreased quality of life.
Probably the most common concern for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment is hair loss. Now, thanks to a new invention, the scenario is about to change.
The DigniCap, which is currently being used by chemotherapy patients in London, has a new scalp cooling system that helps prevent hair loss during chemotherapy.
This system has been adopted by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and is being used in chemotherapy day units at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals.
Designed with a novel technique of keeping a temperature check of the scalp, and ensuring its consistent cooling, these caps are designed in such a way that the ears of the patient wearing it remain uncovered during the entire procedure.
The success rate of this new product is high, with 8 out of 10 people in Europe and Asia retaining their hair post chemotherapy, a spokesperson said.
Also, additional studies at the leading world health systems showed that this cap may be a good alternative and option for people from around the world, and may help better control excessive hairfall, baldness and other side effects related to chemotherapy.