“The loss of hair that comes as a side effect of many chemotherapy agents can be a devastating part of cancer treatment.  Some patients see it as not just a blow to their vanity but as a constant, visual reminder of their illness.  It’s often the most devastating aspect of treatment…The desire to belong is so strong that many women will make medical decisions based on the desire to keep their hair. I’ve often had patients who resist chemo because of the hair loss.”

Hope S. Rugo, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine – Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
Director of Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education at UCSF

“Scalp cooling is clinically proven and can be an important tool for many women in treatment for breast cancer. As a world-leader in comprehensive cancer care we are proud to be able to offer our patients across the New York metro area this new FDA-cleared advancement that addresses one of the most distressing and most visible side effects of chemotherapy.”

Tessa Cigler, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Cornell Breast Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

“I think the hardest thing for so many of our patients is losing their hair, because they lose part of their identity. If you can keep your hair, look in the mirror and don’t look sick, it’s very important for feeling better.”

Mario Lacouture, MD
Director of Oncodermatology Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

“Cold-cap therapy is empowering. It allows women to maintain their self-esteem and sense of well-being, as well as to protect their privacy. Without these caps, 100% of the women lose their hair by the second treatment.”

Sara Hurvitz, MD
Director, Breast Cancer Clinical Research Program, UCLA
Asst. Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology – David Geffen School of Medicine

“Just as in the same way that we changed the landscape of the management of nausea and vomiting with new drugs, we’re now going to change the landscape of this side effect with the implementation of scalp cooling.”

Mikel Ross, BSN RN OCN
Office Practice Nurse – Breast Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

“For those of us who have been giving chemo for so long, to see that finally there is something to provide confidence to patients is exciting. When you can offer this, the world changes. You see it in our patients’ whole outlook as they deal with cancer.”

Marta Vallee-Cobham, RN
Clinical Research Nurse
Weill Cornell Breast Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

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