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Location: USA
Cancer type: Endometrial (Uterine)
Drug type: Taxotere Carboplatin
Hair type: Mid Length

"Looking like myself for my family and my professional career was invaluable. It reassured my family that I was getting healthy. It provided me privacy at work and gave me the privilege of deciding with whom and when I would share personal details about my health. It allowed me to continue to be effective in my job and avoid having to deal with the assumptions people might make about someone who is being treated for cancer."

I live in Stoughton, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston, Massachusetts. My chemotherapy began in mid-April, 2020 for Stage 3 endometrial (uterine) cancer. My oncologist recommended the Paxman system during my initial visit.

The experience was exactly as I expected, thanks to the educational videos and the Paxman Facebook group. I felt well-prepared and ready for my first treatment.  Due to COVID, I knew I was not able to have anyone accompany me to my treatments, so I made sure I practiced beforehand and was able to get a snug fit without assistance.

I tolerated scalp cooling very well, and only experienced some minor shivering during the initial phase of scalp cooling. My nurse made sure I was comfortable with warm blankets and a heated chair. I picked up some useful tips from other members of the Facebook group, such as using a folded washcloth between the inner and outer caps, tying an exercise band around the outside cap to get an even snugger fit.

During chemotherapy, follow the Paxman guidelines for haircare. I would jokingly refer to my days at the infusion center as spending the “day at the spa”, resting, catching up on Netflix, and deep conditioning my hair. I have seen many people post in the Facebook group about limiting sun exposure and outdoor activities for fear of losing their hair. I am a beach lover and spent every summer weekend during chemo at the beach. I exercised almost every day and ran outside in the sun. I would advise people to continue to do the things that they love. Don’t let cancer and chemo take away those things.

I believe that scalp cooling should be offered at every hospital and clinic in the U.S. and should be covered (at least in part) by insurance. I would like to thank my oncologist, Dr. Paul DiSilvestro at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He offered the information about Paxman during my initial visit and was very supportive of my choice to try scalp cooling. He showed sincere interest in my scalp cooling experience and understood the importance of maintaining a sense of normalcy throughout treatment. He and his team at Women and Infants were amazed at my results and were very encouraging. I would also like to thank my mother-in-law, for her support and encouragement.


"Scalp cooling made the difference in a difficult journey. To go through chemotherapy while looking like “normal” made a huge impact in helping me stay positive and focused on getting healthy. When you don’t look sick, you don’t think of yourself as being sick. The effort it took to use the cold cap and follow the haircare guidelines was minimal and was far outweighed by the benefit of keeping my hair."


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