Jan 5, 2018 01:56PM Shlomit wrote:
Happy New Year everyone. This is my first post on these discussion boards and am looking forward to the wonderful collective pearls of wisdom you can share. Still recovering from the news that notwithstanding the Stage 1 diagnosis of breast cancer and negative (clean) report on the sentinel node, my Oncotype DX score came in a "38". So now I'm preparing for chemo consisting of 4 cycles/infusions, 3 weeks apart, of the TC cocktail of Docetaxel + Cyclophosphamide. That will be followed 3 weeks later by 3.5 weeks of daily radiation.
With all of this, my biggest issue is the inevitable hair loss, so I've started to investigate my options. The DigniCap is not available. I meet next week with the chemo educator and will inquire about whether the staff at the facility where I will receive treatment has the experience in working with the Penguin cooling cap (I watched their video this morning, and realize that it requires someone who knows what they're doing to get it on/off so as to maximize its effectiveness). As for the other options, I've also been reviewing the Paxman web site, but it's unclear whether that requires my using a chemo center that is set up for it like the DigniCap. What has been people's experiences with the Penguin cap, or others? Are there other questions I should be asking or researching? In advance, thanks for your collective patience.