According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
This October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bon Secours is pleased to announce a new option for patients to help with the hair loss that can come with treatment. We are proud to be the first health system in the region to offer cool cap therapy for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
The Paxman Scalp Cooling System, or cool cap therapy, uses a custom cold cap which rests on the patient’s scalp. The cap is connected to a temperature-regulated machine that cools the head to a near-freezing temperature before, during and after chemotherapy is received. This process reduces blood flow to the hair follicles and thus, decreases the amount of hair lost during treatment.
A memorable time for Stephanie Crocket, nurse leader at Bon Secours Southside Outpatient Infusion Center, was when a patient finished chemotherapy and the first statement they made was, “You all saved my hair! I just did not want to be bald.”
So far, a total of three Bon Secours Outpatient Patient Infusion Centers offer the therapy, including Bon Secours Southside Outpatient Infusion Center in Midlothian, VA, Bon Secours Bremo Outpatient Infusion Center in Richmond, VA and Bon Secours Hanover Outpatient Infusion Center in Mechanicsville, VA.
“We are thrilled to offer cold cap therapy to our patients,” says William J. Irvin, Jr., M.D., medical director of medical oncology for Bon Secours and director of clinical research for the Bon Secours Cancer Institute. “It’s our hope that hair retention during treatment might allow our patients more normalcy as they continue on their individual cancer journeys.”
Learn more about the cancer care services available at Bon Secours.