Scalp-Cooling Caps Help Prevent Hair Loss in Chemo

Hair loss has long been considered an inevitable part of chemotherapy, and one of the most emotionally devastating aspects of cancer treatment. But advances in scalp-cooling technology, widely used in Europe to help chemotherapy patients keep their hair, may help the practice gain ground in the United States.

Two studies published Tuesday in JAMA — one from the University of California, San Francisco, and one from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston — confirmed that women with early-stage breast cancer who underwent scalp-cooling treatments were significantly more likely to keep at least some of their hair throughout chemotherapy.

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