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Penguin Cold Cap

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Hello Everyone,

I am about to under-go targeted therapy with Chemo Therapy and my oncologist recommebed I use the Penguin Cold Cap to help reduce the hair loss. I was wondering if anyone has used this device especially with targeted therapy. I would appreciate your thoughts concerning usage and effectiveness.

Thank-you!

Theresasv

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  • mandy23
    mandy23 Member Posts: 113
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    Hi @theresasv !

    I did cold capping, but used Paxman since that's what my clinic had.

    You might find this thread helpful:

  • theresasv
    theresasv Member Posts: 7
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    This is helpful, thank-you! What was your experience with the cold cap? Did it help you? Did you find hair care products that you liked?

  • mandy23
    mandy23 Member Posts: 113
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    Hi @theresasv -

    A lot of what happens with the cold cap and how much hair you can keep depends on the drugs you are given and how your body responds to them. Some drugs are worse than others. I lost probably 50% of my hair. I cut it short before chemo, but never buzzed it off. Just my choice. Others get frustrated with it and start fresh. I liked that I always had SOME hair even if I needed a head cover. Some people are comfortable with nothing. Good for them!

    I believe when I got my PAXMAN cap kit, it came with their branded shampoo/conditioner which they sell on their website. After I finished cold capping and started trying to get it to grow in, I began using Aveena Fresh Green Blends. A few months later when it seemed soooooo slow coming back, I started also using Mirelle Rosemary Oil, which is supposed to stimulate hair follicles. Does it work? Hard to know. I am approaching a year from when I finished chemo and still have some very thin/bald spots which for the most part are covered with a comb-over and also a wide headband. I had very thin hair to begin with, so getting it back has been more difficult than I think it is for many people.

    I'm glad I did the cold capping and would do it again, but it is a bit of a hassle and means you end up staying in the chemo chair longer. It's also pretty expensive. So, you have to weigh all the pros and cons.

    Best of luck to you!

  • theresasv
    theresasv Member Posts: 7
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    Thank-you so much!

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 8,285
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    @theresasv, can you share which targeted therapy you'll be having? Mostly, we hear of members using cold caps during chemotherapy treatments, not usually targeted therapy.

    You also might find these pages helpful:

    Article: https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment-side-effects/hair-loss/cold-caps-scalp-cooling

    Podcast: https://www.breastcancer.org/podcast/cold-caps-basics

    Podcast: https://www.breastcancer.org/podcast/coldcaps-patient-perspective

    Podcast: https://www.breastcancer.org/podcast/scalp-cooling-preserve-hair

    We hope this helps!

    —The Mods