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Topic: Cold Cap Before and After Photos

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Posted on: Jul 8, 2017 11:02AM

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 10/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017
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Jul 8, 2017 11:05AM - edited Jul 8, 2017 11:42PM 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 10/6/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/15/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017
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Jul 8, 2017 05:26PM Beatmon wrote:

Good for you! Wonderfu

Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 12/1/2013 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/1/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 8/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 8/27/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/27/2014 Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 8, 2017 09:41PM 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, Stage IA, 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) Surgery 8/4/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 9/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 8, 2017 10:32PM - edited Jul 8, 2017 11:58PM 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 11/30/2016 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 17, 2017 09:41AM 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 17, 2017 09:42AM 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 17, 2017 09:46AM 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 25, 2017 04:35AM - edited Aug 8, 2017 10:34AM by LoJo100

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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 6/29/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 8/17/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast
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Aug 31, 2017 03:39AM sherryowang wrote:

Hi ladies! I was prompted to this thread to show my results and offer some hair hope. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but was on a chemo protocol that many breasties use for treatment. I did 17 rounds of taxol/carboplatin weekly. I surmise that I lost 10%-20% of my hair volume, but my hair continued to grow on treatment. I am still shedding but the amount gets smaller and smaller with each wash.

These caps were a GOD SEND. I used penguin cold caps. I am officially 6 weeks PFC. My eyebrows are finally coming back as well. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. KEEP GOING.



Before Chemo

After my 15th round of chemo


6 weeks post final chemo

I believe my shedding is pretty negligible at this point, so my 6 week photo is the final product.

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Aug 31, 2017 01:15PM - edited Aug 31, 2017 01:15PM by Meow13

Sherry, looks great what kind of chemo did you have? Penguin caps did a great job.

You had taxol?

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Sep 1, 2017 12:43AM sherryowang wrote:

Meow - yep in my post I delineated that I did 17 rounds of weekly taxol/carboplatin

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Sep 2, 2017 07:01PM Rota0308 wrote:

I've just done 2nd chemo this week and will do weekly paclitaxel more 16times . I too much care about shedding everyday so I feel so happy when I saw your great pictures . Thank you so much. I coud spend the timewith hope during chemo.

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Sep 8, 2017 06:43AM - edited Sep 8, 2017 10:27PM by Hanging_in_there

I'm going to post a series of photos. Before, during and after so far.

Before picture taken a week before Chemo started in late November 2016.

I had just oodles of hair. Much thicker than most people. I could barely get the biggest barrette around my hair. And the barrette I could get around my hair was 5 inches long and I can hardly ever find them. I was about 95% brown and 5% grey/white. And I had bangs back then.

Chemo Started Nov 28, 2016

I used Penguin Cold Caps and my husband did them every time, sometimes with the help of a friend of mine.

My regimen was 2 hours before chemo, + chemo, which was 2-3 hours + 5 hours after chemo.

I did Dose Dense A/C for 4 sessions, every 2 weeks. Then I did Dose Dense Taxol for 4 sessions every 2 weeks. There was one Taxol session that was delayed by a week due to illness, so the dates don't quite match the days.

My chemo was 105 days long (4 + 4) +1 extra week due to illnes

Day 53 of chemo Jan 19,, 2017 (below) losing hair since Day 21

Day 61 of chemo Jan 27, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair

Day 79 chemo (top of head) Feb 14, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair

Day 91 Feb 26, 2017 (below) -- still losing hair

Day 106 March, 14, 2017 (1 day PFC) still losing hair

Day 106 (1 day PFC) March 14, 2017 top -- still losing hair

March 27, 2017 (2 weeks PFC) (below) - still losing hair

March 27, 2017 2 weeks PFC (below) top You can see how thin it is (no new growth) -- still losing hair

March 31, 2017 2.5 weeks PFC (below) - still losing hair

April 21, 2017 5.5 weeks PFC (below) -- still losing hair -- looks like I had a haircut before this picture

April 21, 2017 (5.5 weeks PFC) below top-- still losing hair

June 9, 2017 (3 months PFC) still losing hair (below)

July 1, 2017 3.5 months PFC (below) still losing hair)

July 1, 2017 (top) 3.5 months PFC - still losing hair (below) -- but new growth is hiding the bald spots (coming in mostly white) given up on bangs, as I didn't have enough hair for bangs anymore.

September 7, 2017 5.5 months PFC -- still losing hair (below) I have about 5% of my original hair at this point. I washed it every week until 2 months ago, then every 2 weeks for a month and now I am almost 1 month no hair washing (using dry shampoo). I lose A LOT of hair every time I wash. I'm going to try to wash once a month until December, when I might have enough new growth to have a short cut.

September 7, 2017 5.5 months PFC - STILL LOSING HAIR, (below)


I had one haircut months ago. Here is a picture of Nov 2016 and today Sept 7, 2017 - new growth (I am told) is almost 2 inches.

Left (before chemo) Right 5.5 months PFC


Dx 10/31/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/28/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 19, 2017 06:00AM - edited Sep 24, 2017 12:19AM by rdsm

Here are a few pics from my experience with Penquin Cold Caps.

I started chemo on May 15, 2017. 4 rounds of TC, once every 3 weeks.


Before (May 5, 2017): I have curly hair but usually blow it straight.

Wearing my hair curly and unstyled.


My part is thinning a lot.

shedding, shedding, shedding........

No more comb over or Toppik for me. Time to wear a hat.

Now that's what I call a "comb over"

I think that's as bad as it gets. 2.5 weeks til last chemo

Look at all that gray hair. 3 days after last chemo.


I just needed to see what was going on. This was the only way I could think of to measure how much hair loss I was having.

9 weeks PFC. I colored my hair with Tints of Nature a few weeks ago. Still wearing a hat.



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Sep 21, 2017 09:45PM Travel_Girl wrote:

rdsm - thanks for sharing the pictures. How is it doing now, starting to grow back in? I guess you are just over a month from last chemo?

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