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Topic: Cold Cap Before and After Photos

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

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Posted on: Jul 7, 2017 10:02PM

Pamela23 wrote:

Hi Ladies--

I'd like to start a thread for PHOTOS ONLY. This will be a great reference for newbies or those who are considering cold capping. Discussions and questions about cold caps can be found in the forum: Cold Cap Users Past and Present, To Save Hair under Managing Side Effects of Breast cancer and It's Treatments.

Please post:

1. Before and after pic

2. Chemo regimen you were on

3. Brand of cold cap

9/15/2016, IDC, Left, 5mm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/5/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017
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Jul 7, 2017 10:05PM - edited Jul 8, 2017 10:42AM by Pamela23

4 TC (Taxotere/Cytoxan) using Penguin Cold Caps: Lost 55-60% on sides underneath and overall volume


After 3 rounds

5 months PFC

9/15/2016, IDC, Left, 5mm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/15/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/5/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/19/2017
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Jul 8, 2017 04:26AM Beatmon wrote:

Good for you! Wonderfu

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/8/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/30/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 6/30/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/26/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/26/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/26/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 8, 2017 08:41AM Pambc010417 wrote:

Four TC (Taxotere/Cytoxan) using Penguin Cold Caps (PCC) first treatment 4/26/17, last treatment 6/29/17. At one week post chemo, I've lost maybe 10% of hair so far. I will post more results later. I've been told people with longer hair have more success. I'm not sure why but don't cut your hair before, during, or after except for a slight 1/4 inch trim. My hair has grown a good 1 inch since April.


First pic is from Prior diagnosis, Dec. 2016



2nd pic is one week after 1st treatment. Showing chemo curl.


3rd pic is one week before final treatment


Dx 1/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/8/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 4/26/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 8, 2017 09:32AM - edited Jul 8, 2017 10:58AM by Elastogelgirl

I had a mane of thick blond hair that i could barely clip in a very large clip. I cut it to chin length prior to chemo. I recommend cutting it. If you are doing AC T. It's too heavy for washing and stuff and I think you should be prepared you Can't save it all on the tougher chemo regimens. You can only hope to keep enough to stay out of wigs. And believe that regrowth will be better for the caps! I had a very large area of balding the photo below is two days prior to me last Dose dense taxol. This was my low point below. I lost most of my hair at the end of treatment. Hair is regrowing fast. I lived with this amount bald for about 6-7 weeks then thankfully it filled in.

Regrowth below did happen fast. Though I have less of that length below now 3.5 months later. My regrowth is amazing fast and thick.

Beginning to regrow below.

3.5 months pfc. My little bun is what is left the old hair below. I lost at least 80 percent all over thinning.


Below How I'm wearing it 3.5 months pfc

Below is today July 8 2017. My last chemo was march 23. I just finished rads two days ago now I'm sick with a cold and really tired and burnt. Yaya treatment over! My new hair doesn't want to add length because it's curling back. Not sure where I'm going with my hairstyle


Hugs Elastogelgirl Dx 11/4/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/29/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/18/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 16, 2017 08:41PM Mari- wrote:

Dx 9/20/2012, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 16, 2017 08:42PM Mari- wrote:

Dx 9/20/2012, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 16, 2017 08:46PM Mari- wrote:

these pics are after one TC treatment. Day 20, most of the shedding started at day 18. Sides and front you can't really tell, the top is a problem. Tmrw will be my second TC tx. I will update fotos after my hair wash!

Dx 9/20/2012, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 24, 2017 03:35PM LoJo100 wrote:

Hair before the first shed:


Hair Day 24 (started shedding Day 17, haven't really stopped, but slowed a little) - 3 Days after round #2 TC:


Day 24, Top of Head (some thinning near the back part):


Hoping the shedding stops soon. Already making a plan B (getting Topix, scarves and a wig).

Dx 4/24/2017, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/25/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/30/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast

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