Cold Cap Therapy

Cold Caps can offer a solution for patients facing hair loss during chemotherapy treatment. Scalp cooling at very low temperatures (-22 degrees Farenheit) constricts blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, which reduces the amount of chemotherapy drugs that reach and are absorbed by the hair follicles. As a result, hair may be less likely to fall out. For some, hair preservation can provide hope, keep energy levels high, maintain privacy and enhance self-image.  Our patients are able to store their Cold Caps in a sub-zero freezer, conveniently located in our infusion department, during the course of their treatment. Prior to use of Cold Caps, make sure to speak with your physician and clinical team.

Financial assistance is available for Dubin Breast Center patients to offset the cost of Cold Caps thanks to the generous support of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation.

For more information on Cold Caps, request freezer space or to inquire about financial assistance, please call Raina Caridi, Associate Director of the Dubin Breast Center, at 212-241-3776.

The Rapunzel Project is a non-profit organization founded by two cancer survivors dedicated to helping chemotherapy patients keep their hair during treatment. To learn more about the Cold Cap process and access additional available resources, visit rapunzelproject.org.