Cold cap therapy can offer a solution for patients facing hair loss during chemotherapy treatment. Scalp cooling at very low temperatures (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) 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 patients, hair preservation can provide hope, keep energy levels high, maintain privacy and enhance self-image. Cold cap therapy is recommended for select chemotherapy regimens and diagnoses. Prior to use of cold cap therapy, make sure to speak with your physician and clinical team.
We offer two types of cold cap therapy at the Dubin Breast Center:
1. Penguin Caps – Specially designed caps are placed on the head to cool the scalp for a period of time dependent on each individual treatment.
To find a cold cap technician, which are 3rd party consultants that you can personally hire to assist you with your Penguin cold cap treatment, you can speak to a Clinical Coordinator who can provide you with various names and contacts of technicians that have capped other Dubin patients. Hiring of a cold cap technician is at the discretion of the patient. All technicians charge a different fee depending on a variety of factors including number of treatments, and length of regimen. The Dubin Breast Center does not keep a list of these fees, nor is pricing set by the Dubin Breast Center. Patients can choose to hire a technician for the entire length of treatment or hire them as a consultant for the first treatment so that a relative or friend can be taught how to cap. Patients and their family members or friends have also self-taught on how to cap by doing their own research. Penguin Cold Caps will provide you with information and instructions for use once you decide to pursue cold cap therapy with use of Penguin.
2. Dignicap Machine – Specially designed machine that provides continuous scalp cooling, by placing a fitted silicone cap on the patients head, which is connected to a cooling and control unit.
For more information on cold cap therapy, please call Stephanie Roldan, Practice Manager of the Dubin Breast Center, at 212-241-3776, or Katherine Fitzpatrick, Assistant Nurse Manager of the Dubin Breast Center, at 212-241-3760.