How to Minimize Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

News — By on February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Depending on the type of chemo you’re receiving, wearing a frozen gel cap or ice pack during treatment may help reduce hair loss. By chilling the scalp during intravenous chemo(scalp hypothermia)blood flow to hair follicles is reduced. This, in turn, reduces the amount of the chemo drug absorbed by the follicles, which minimizes follicle damage and potential hair loss.

The process can be cold and uncomfortable, but analyses of several studies have found that the potential benefit of preventing hair loss may outweigh the downside.

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