DIGNICAP TREATMENT OVERVIEW
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT WITH DIGNICAP
DigniCap will be used during each cycle on the day of chemotherapy administration. The cap is connected to the cooling and control unit, so you will need to be connected to the system during treatment. Clinicians may disconnect the cap from the system for brief restroom visits. During the break, the cooling cap and the outer neoprene cap remain on your head.
The cap is placed on your head 30 minutes before starting the chemotherapy treatment to gradually bring the scalp down to the treatment temperature (Pre-Cool). You will then wear the cap during the chemotherapy infusion (Active Cool), and for a set period of time after the completion of the chemo infusion (Post-Cool). Depending on drug and dose, the post-infusion cooling time will last from 60-180 minutes. When this post-cooling is completed, the cap is kept on for 5-10 minutes to diminish any discomfort as the cap gradually warms back up to room temperature.
WHY HAIR LOSS MATTERS
Treating your cancer is your top priority. However, for many patients,chemotherapy-induced hair loss is more than a matter of vanity. It can become a continual, unwelcome reminder of the cancer and treatment, one that can negatively affect self-image, confidence, and sense of well-being. Concern about hair loss can influence attitude and behavior in ways that may even interfere with compliance with treatment at a time when patients can least afford it.
In a nationwide survey of 400 women, 9 out of 10 who were informed about scalp cooling showed a high level of interest, and 8 out of 10 of those surveyed said availability of a scalp cooling system would significantly influence their choice of an infusion center.
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