Are the caps and lines latex free?
Yes, the caps and lines are latex free. They are made from silicone.
How wet does my hair need to be for scalp cooling treatment?
It is important to prepare your hair properly before you put your cold cap on. We run through the process in our cap tutorial videos, but it is important to make sure that the hair that is under the cap is damp enough to slick back, but not dripping wet. If you have very thick or curly hair you may wish to use significantly more water to ensure that all of your hair is fully damp through to your scalp. You may find this easier with some help. There is no specific amount of water required, everyone will vary. Dampening the hair reduces volume which allows for a better cap fit, but also allows more effective heat conductivity. and The hair that is directly beneath the cap needs to be dampened and a small amount of conditioner smoothed over the surface.
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My hair is thin and patchy, should I stop scalp cooling?
There is no need to stop scalp cooling due to hair loss unless you want to. Remember that by continuing to scalp cool you will see stronger, faster and healthier hair regrowth than you would without scalp cooling, it is not just about the short term. Do ensure any exposed scalp is covered by rearranged retained hair or a disposable surgical/scrub cap to increase tolerability and comfort during treatment.
There is more guidance on how to apply the disposable theatre cap in our hints and tips tutorial video
I need a different cap size, how do I get a new cap?
Please get in touch with the Hub. They can facilitate a replacement cap for you. Call them on 888-572-9626
I’m struggling to get a good cap fit, what can I do?
Have you watched our cap tutorial videos? They may be able to help you problem solve any issues that you are experiencing as they walk you through the process from beginning to end. You may also want to speak to your physician and consider the cap size you are using. Again, our tutorial videos run through cap sizing too.
The cap cover bulges, do I need a different cap cover size?
Have you watched our cap fitting tutorial videos? A small amount of cover bulging isn’t too much of a problem, the cap cover doesn’t need to be flawlessly smooth. Remember the cap cover is there to make sure that the bungee cords can do their job properly and ensure a tight fit for your cap. If you are concerned, please speak with your clinical team, who will be able to give you guidance or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I just put on the cap when I get to my appointment?
One of your clinical team will help you to fit your cap before you start your treatment. Despite this, it is really important that you are as familiar as possible with the right cap fit. Please watch our cap fitting tutorial videos as many times you think is necessary for you to feel comfortable with how a good cap fit should look and feel.
How long do I have to wear the cap?
Stage 1 is the pre-cooling stage before your chemotherapy and lasts 30 minutes
- For patients with thicker hair may wish to extend their pre-cooling time by 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
- It is not recommended for the patient to disconnect from the system during this stage, if they do, the pre-cooling stage must be started again from the beginning
Stage 2 is the infusion cooling stage during chemo
- The time varies depending on chemotherapy duration, but this stage will last for the whole length of the infusion of alopecia inducing chemotherapy drugs
Stage 3 is the post-infusion cooling stage
- The post-infusion cooling time varies depending on your drug regimen, but for the majority of regimens including any chemo drugs taken in combination, the post-infusion cooling time will be 90 minutes and you may be moved away from the infusion area to a post cooling area
- For single agent docetaxel/taxotere, you will require 20 minutes post-infusion cooling
- For single agent paclitaxel/taxol, you will require 60 minutes post-infusion cooling
Once all three stages are completed, wait 10 to 15 minutes to allow the cap to acclimatise to room temperature, then removal of the cap should be easy. If you can rock the cap from side to side, you can lift it off slowly.
Can I wash my cap?
You most certainly can. Please either use the cleaning wipes that are supplied with your cap kit, or rinse your cap with lukewarm soapy water after your treatment.
I have some bald patches on my scalp what should I do for my next treatment?
Covering any exposed scalp to prevent direct contact with the cooling cap is something we would advise as it will make your scalp cooling experience much more comfortable. You can also try rearranging any retained hair you have over the exposed areas of the scalp, you can try gauze cut to size, or if you have lots of thinning or larger areas of exposed scalp a disposable theatre/scrub cap can be a good idea. You will find more guidance in our cap tutorial videos.