Rachel’s Story – I didn’t want a lot of people to know

Deborah’s Story – I looked in the mirror and saw me

Dawn’s Story – DigniCap helps you feel normal

Christine’s Story – Keeping my hair gave me hope


“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


“Accepting the fact that I was going to lose my hair was very difficult because I felt as if I would be losing part of my identity.  DigniCap allowed me to have control over something in a process where I really had no control.”

Angela Farino, Irvine, CA

“With the use of DigniCap I was able to keep all of my hair and could choose to stay more private about my battle with cancer…. I still looked like myself, even though I was going through life-saving treatment.  For some women, losing their hair is a badge of courage, but for me it was a very big issue.”

Donna Tookes, Stamford, CT

“I was prepared to face the physical and psychological assault of chemotherapy, along with the nausea and fatigue, but I didn’t want my family feeling sorry for me or constantly worrying every time they looked at me….[with DigniCap]  I only lost a minimal amount of hair. Not having that reminder every time you look in the mirror that you are sick, and you look normal to your friends and family, made the chemo much more bearable. Instead of illness, I saw myself.  Many people had no idea I had cancer.”

Carolyn Dempsey, New York, NY

“It was a powerful experience to look healthy throughout chemotherapy and be treated as a healthy person by others. Those who knew I was undergoing chemotherapy were perplexed at how vibrant I appeared and that influenced how they treated me. That, in turn, influenced how I identified as someone who was healing instead of someone who was sick. Having hair also allowed my children (then 9 and 6) to see me as just their mommy, not a sick woman.”

Deborah Cohan, MD, San Francisco, CA

“The desire to keep your hair during chemo is not about vanity.  It’s about not wanting to create yet another barrier between yourself and the rest of humanity.”

Heather Millar, San Francisco, CA


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