DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System
The DigniCap® scalp cooling system was developed out of a deep commitment to help patients preserve their privacy and regain some control with a technology that has the potential to diminish the added emotional burden from hair loss.
For breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, hair loss has traditionally been considered an inevitable side effect. For many patients, the prospect of losing their hair is more than just a matter of vanity. It’s an unwelcome reminder of their disease for the patient and their families – one that can negatively impact self-image, confidence and an overall sense of well-being.
Rigorous clinical research has proven that the DigniCap® scalp cooling system is effective for many breast cancer patients, enabling them to preserve most or all of their hair throughout their chemotherapy. In the U.S. clinical trial 7 out of 10 patients with early stage breast cancer kept at least 50% of their hair.
How it Works
Research has shown cooling the scalp is a proven approach to reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss. The DigniCap® system involves circulating a very cold gel through a single tight-fitting cap, which is worn for the duration of the chemotherapy session, as well as for a period of time before and after chemo. A liquid coolant circulates throughout the silicone cap, delivering consistent and controlled cooling to all areas of the scalp. The cap is fitted to the head, and the temperature of the scalp is lowered, resulting in vasoconstriction with reduced delivery of chemotherapy to the scalp, as well as reduced cellular uptake of drugs due to decreased intra follicular metabolic rate. These factors together reduce the risk of hair loss. To learn more about DigniCap®, please visit www.dignicap.com.
Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
Thanks to the ongoing support of our community, Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center is the first cancer center in Michigan to offer the DigniCap – a scalp cooling system that helps reduce hair loss in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (chemo) treatment. To learn more about the BBC Cancer Care Center, click here.
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