Teresa | Michigan
Age: 57
Diagnosis: Breast Cancer
Chemotherapy Regimen: Abraxane
Total Treatments: 12
Infusion Center: Ascension St. John Hospital – Van Elslander Cancer Center

“Thank you DigniCap and ALL of the oncology nurses that go the extra mile for their patients!”

Tell us about yourself.
I am a mother of 4 grown children and have 3 grandsons. I work as a patient care navigator for Ascension Healthcare.

How did you find out about DigniCap?
I found out about DigniCap from my daughter whose friend had used it during her chemo treatments with great success.

Did you have a successful experience using DigniCap?
I did. The scalp cooling treatments were not too bad for me. Once I was able to get past the initial freezing it was just a matter of waiting for my treatment to be over. The initial freezing caused a brief discomfort – like a mild “brain freeze” that you get when you drink a slushie too fast. But again, it was brief. Scalp cooling is not just out of vanity but for privacy and overall well-being during chemotherapy. I didn’t feel “as sick” when I saw myself in the mirror as I would have if I had lost all of my hair. I also liked that I could choose to keep my situation private since nobody could tell that I was going through chemo.

Why was trying to keep your hair during chemotherapy important to you?
A cancer diagnosis is life-changing all by itself. When you feel like your life is spiraling out of control it is meaningful to have something that you can channel your focus on and feel some sort of control. By not losing all my hair while going through chemo, I felt like I didn’t have to announce to the world that I was sick. I believe that actually made me feel “less sick” during treatment.

What advice would you give to someone who is going through a similar experience, or who has recently been diagnosed and is considering scalp cooling?
I would say to anyone considering using the DigniCap that it is worth giving it a try.