The first question that people generally ask about chemotherapy is whether or not they will lose their hair. Many patients rank hair loss as their most feared and experienced side effect of chemotherapy treatment.
OHC is the exclusive regional provider of the Paxman Scalp Cooling System. Also known as the ‘cold cap’, scalp cooling can be used to combat chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) and has a positive impact on the confidence, strength and hope of the people that choose to use it.
Scalp cooling lowers the temperature of the scalp immediately before, during, and after chemotherapy. This, in turn, reduces blood flow to the area around the hair follicles, which may prevent or minimize hair loss.
- The Paxman system has a compact refrigeration unit containing a coolant that is circulated through a specially designed, flexible silicone Paxman Cooling Cap.
- You will be fitted for your own personal cooling cap; a soft, flexible silicone cap that provides a close fit to your head.
- The refrigeration unit is connected to your cap and coolant passes through the cap. It extracts heat from the scalp, while inline temperature sensors ensure that the temperature of the scalp is kept at an even, constant temperature.
- You will wear the Paxman Scalp Cooling Cap for 30 minutes before and during chemotherapy infusion, and for a maximum of 90 minutes afterward, depending on your therapy.
Typically, patients select four treatments, which cost $1300. Contact your insurance carrier to see if the cost is covered. You may be eligible for a financial assistance program. Contact Paxman to learn more.
To learn more about the system, call us at 1-800-710-4674 toll free or visit Paxman.